A Draining Experience
We stop at the next booth, and Dan's already shaking his head. "Look at this cockpit scupper," he says with disgust. "It's level with the sole inside and barely an inch above the waterline." To get a cockpit that's at least two feet deep (so the gunwale inwale is slightly above your knees), which will keep you from falling overboard without resorting to an ungainly high freeboard, soles are kept low and close to the waterline. Get a heavy rainstorm, back down on a fish or put too much weight aft, and instead of letting water out, that scupper will let it pour in.