Positioning of Wood Plugs For Seacocks

Position of the galley drain seacock plug on our new-to-us J109. Note this was wedged in the shown position by the surveyor for the photo. When we got the boat it had dropped down and was totally obscured by hoses.

I'm a huge fan of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations, and have always used them and their predecessors as a checklist when preparing a cruising boat to go offshore.

That said, when using this resource, it's as well to remember that these regulations were primarily written by people thinking about fully-crewed racing boats—yes, that's changing with the rise of double and singlehanded racing, but slowly.

A good example of where we in the shorthanded cruising community need to think differently from the Special Regulations is person overboard prevention and, more specifically, getting rid of sidedeck jacklines. But I have already written extensively on that.

There is also an area where I think the Special Regulations are plain wrong:

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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