Originally Posted by Cottontop
Same place it goes off the foredeck of a monohull
; back into the sea. Shaped to divert water to the sides, and big scuppers in the cockpit.
Is it something that has to be carefully designed? Of course.
Is it something that can't be safely designed? Of course not.
There are a fair number of forward cockpit designs nowadays; haven't heard yet of a disaster attributed to such a design (early days, though).
talking about its forward cockpit designs:
"After 3 years of production, and well over a hundred Leopard
44s sailing the 7 seas, the facts speak for themselves: the Leopard 44 is a sound vessel, with an immensely safe and functional forward cockpit, that has already been duplicated on the larger Leopard models as well."
"The first opportunity Leopard had to gain official support for this new design feature was when manufacturer Robertson & Caine applied for certification
of the Leopard 44 by the North American and European agencies.
Upon detailed inspection
of the design, and the build practices employed in producing the Leopard 44, both the International Marine Certification
Institute (IMCI) and the National Marine
Manufacturers Association confirmed she was built to the high standards set forth by International Standards Organization (ISO) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC).
Understanding that the yachts were now rated and certified for offshore passage
making, it was time to bring this new catamaran
with the forward cockpit to our customers.
Leopard 44 Forward Cockpit Drainage Rate vs Requirements
International Organization for Standardization American Boat & Yacht Council
Required Drainage Rate
90% of volume in a maximum of 5 minutes 75% of volume in a maximum of 90 seconds
Leopard 44 forward cockpit drains 100% in 45 seconds"