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Re: Through hulls and hoses
Congrats (assuming all goes well with the survey)
Labeling hoses is a great idea. Perhaps not as much for you, as you'll get very used to her, but when you send someone aboard to repair or ask someone to help, you can be sure they will open/close the right seacocks. We leave our main and genset raw water thru hulls closed and they are far enough away that one would have to really crawl around to know what is what, just to do a simple oil change.
I do not think a P-touch labels will last very long in the bilges, unless you figure out how to seal them well. We printed 1"x2" paper labels and spread them out evenly under a piece of heated laminate and sealed them. We cut between the labels with enough laminate to put a hole punch in one end that wouldn't touch the label and expose it. They all get tie wrapped through the hole punch to the hose coming off the seacock.
p.s. yup, we bought a laminator for this. It comes in handy to make checklists for casting off, winterization, instructions for guests on how to use the head, etc.
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