Reply To: Drain tubes – sailing and on trailer
One right and one wrong. You definitely do NOT want the boat sitting in the dinghy park with the bow down as water collects in the front, however good the cover, and makes any wood up there soft over time. Prop up the bow so the boat is level and open both self bailers whilst parked (move the launching trolley forward or back if necessary). Water gets in by running down the mast and into the bow section.
The drain tube(s) are there to take water from the bow compartment to the cockpit and out of the bailers whilst sailing. This is unlikely to function well if there is a bung in the tube.