Originally Posted by HUMBER P4VWL
If you stuff, where does the bow drain?
If you buried the bow there is quite a swimming pool area to fill! That is why there is a serious sea hatch into the cabin area. If you look at the side photos of the boat you can see stainless round panels where there are cockpit drains (which are quite large) - like a sailing boat it would take time for the forward cockpit to drain and any blocjage by ropes or whatever would slow this down. With all the weight of water forward it would probably make the handling weird until it all ran out.
I brought the boat up from Weymouth and went through the race off St Albans, Anvil and Old Harry in some quite big winds and waves. Encouragingly the boat has height and good floatation volume forward in the bow - so only a really big breaking sea and daft behaviour on the throttle would make the bow really bury itself. Never say never though!