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Old 11-12-2018, 14:13   #1
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Cockpit Drain Thru-Hull

Should cockpit drain thru-hulls below the waterline use seacocks? You would never close them when leaving a boat. You would have to be on the boat to close them in case of hose failure and a plug would work just as well. You could even argue the plug is even better because the seacock could be stuck open.

Are they suggested by ABYC?
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Old 11-12-2018, 14:21   #2
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Re: Cockpit Drain Thru-Hull

I like the seacock as I can close the hole easily if the hose breaks/chafes etc. 1000 miles from the nearest beach I'd feel better about a seacock than plug
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Old 11-12-2018, 14:50   #3
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Re: Cockpit Drain Thru-Hull

I detest cockpit drains below the waterline;
it is a sinking waiting to happen. I realize some boats come built this way and on some smaller boats the cockpit floor is below the waterline. If at all possible I would route the cockpit floor drain to drain by gravity above the waterline.

If there must be a drain below the waterline, then yes I would use a thru hull.
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