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Old 11-09-2008
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Gate valves and why we don't use them...

I know I know... But I haven't had a haulout other than to cradle ship my boat and I still have one gate valve for the galley sink drain. It finally gave up the ghost today. You can turn the handle all you want forever and ever and ever I think the gate is lodged about 1/4 shut but of course there is no way to tell. So now I have to either schedule a haulout ASAP or hope the tides are right to dry out on the grid. Temps are around freezing so I can't do any glass work or painting. What a waste of a haulout...

Let this be a lesson to all you procrastinators!!! I know you are out there...

Replace crappy substandard valves ASAP!!!

Don't wait, DO IT NOW!
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