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post #2 of Old 09-20-2008
the pointy end is the bow
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That's scary! Can you go back to home depot, buy a ball valve shut off and some fittings and put it inline with your water intake after the broken thru-hull fitting as a patch until you can get it fixed? At least that way you can shut off the water when you leave the boat and turn it on when you need to motor over to the haul out place.

I personally shut off all our thru-hulls whenever the boat is unattended. A while back, I pulled the transmission out while the boat was in the water. I pushed the propeller shaft back and kept re-adjusting the collar for the drippless shaft seal and then tied the propeller shaft in place. I didn't sleep very well for the two nights it sat like that. I kept imagining that the propeller shaft would creep away from the carbon seal in the shaft bellows and the boat would sink.

S.V. Nikko
1983 Fraser 41
La Conner, WA

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