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Most of the problems with seacock handles are due to infrequent use, not overuse. The handles generally tend to break on seacocks that aren't used regularly. That said, yes, I close the seacocks when leaving the boat, but I only have two seacocks, out of four through-hulls, on my boat.

Also, by using the seacocks regularly, you'll generally spot upcoming problems, like excessive corrosion, earlier rather than later.
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