The photo above shows a pair of drink holders, or cup holders, mounted at the helm of a high-end center console boat. Shot from inside the console, we can see the drink holders are fitted with barbed drain fittings intended to mate to a hose. But because no hose is installed, rain and wash water — not to mention spilled drinks — will drip into the console and onto equipment, gear and wiring within. Ideally, a length of hose would have been clamped on to carry this water either directly to the bilge or out through a fitting in the side of the console, where it could drain onto the self-bailing cockpit sole. Be sure to check the drainage of drink holders — and rod holders, flagpole holders and other fittings — when shopping for a boat. Little drips can create a big mess and corrosion.