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S&S Swan Maintenance - Cockpit drains
04 December 2023 - 12:02
Join Date: 01 April 2007
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Cockpit drains

Dear all,

in my 47 I have cockpit drains as shown on the images. In my previous 38 I had drains with large valves.

I find it strange and maybe potentially dangerous that these drains are without valves. Or is this normal on a 47?

jan kooistra

47/11 Yulunga

04 December 2023 - 13:26
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1014

Dear Jan,

it's standard layout, and by the way it was the same, with no valves, onboard my previous S&S Swan 38 (hull no. 067)!

Fair winds!

matteo (47/079 Vanessa)

04 December 2023 - 14:12
Join Date: 01 April 2007
Posts: 106

Dear Matteo,

I find it strange, because when sailing it's under water. And all through hulls should have a valve. On the other hand, you would never close it, because it won't drain when closed.

You just killed a job on my todolist: many thanks Matteo!

fair winds,




PS: at present in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria preparing for a crossing to Grenada. So you can imagine the todolist is long enough.

04 December 2023 - 15:25
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1014

Dear Jan,

we discussed this detail (valve yes/valve no) for years with Lars, and there are good reason to have it and good reason not to, so, happy I killed a job before your crossing!

Please keep me posted on your next steps!

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

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