Originally Posted by jobi
Why did they build the older boats with nothing at all holding the lazerettes closed?
Jobi, You might want to consider making your existing drains larger before adding additional drains.
these are not the original covers...I will built some new and better ones, thats why I need ideas...I can build just about anything wood or fiberglass
...maight as well do it right.
the original drains do a good job, they are strait down thruhull...id rather do a 3in hole in my transome then enlarge my hull
holes...the hole thrue transome is well above water line just beside the hole I will do for the bilge pump
...if you think this is a bad idea pleas let me know.
all you guys are of grate assistence and pleas dont be afraid to speech up...I am the first to admit not knowing much about sailing, and if I post here its to get educated.
Not only do you need a tight seal to your cockpit
seat lockers, they need adequate drains. It is doubtful that you can make the seat locker lids both air tight and to be used for storage
. If you are looking for reserve bouyancy in case of sinking, I would suggest adapting some sort of air bladders that can be inflated, and use the cockpit seat lockers for storage
as they were intended. The seat locker drains should be slanted down at least 25 or 30 degrees so the leeward seats will drain when the boat is heeled. Once you have drains for the locker lids I would suggest using a silicone weatherstripping from McMaster Carr.