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Russ i too have been considering this and would make them large enought to dump the water pdq,a mesh cover of some sort may be the way to go or fitting those soft one way valves you get on r.i.bs
Hello there Russel and Janet,
Ever though of a sink-seive in a fitting hole?
That's the way I am thinking of doing it.
About 6 of them I gues.
4 in the corners and two more halfway along the cockpit seats.
You can take them out and wash away the last bit af sand and dirt.
Greetings from the Netherlands...
I'm adding additional drains in my cockpit after discussing this while on board a Tiki 26 with James Wharram last weekend at the rendezvous in Islamorada, FL. He said for serious offshore work, a slatted floor would even be a good idea, as this large cockpit could fill like a "bathtub" with the right sea sweeping the deck. As he said, you may sail for years and never take a sea like that, but if it does happen it needs to be able to drain quickly.
My thoughts exactly Scott,I am tempted to have a completely slatted deck for the offshore stuff,I already have drains in the forward corners,plus I will make more in the rear.Another idea I have had is to have larger drainage holes that are covered and only get used when the swell gets serious.
I used the 3/8 plywood option for the cockpit with stiffer strips underneath, so I guess when i venture into serious offshore sailing, I'll run a dado blade lengthwise the cockpit and turn it into a slatted deck.