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How did this thread turn into "Here is the gate valve I use on my 1020 foot ship?"
Anyways. I got another question for you all.
Here are the givens:
6 hours of working time on a tide grid
35-40 degree air temp. Water 42F.
Glass work not possible.
Any use of sealants questionable..
Gatevalve is non functional and stuck open.
A: replace it with a standard bronze ball valve being careful not to tweak the mushroom and break its seal
B: Cut down the mushroom. Undo the nut on the mushroom. Carefully thread a Groco seacock on and hope for a good seal. If I do it this way I will leave the current backing plate in place which is glassed wood. One big problem is it is barley the size of the base of the seacock. I also could not thru bolt it at this time.
C: Do nothing and have a boat with an 1 1/4" thruhull that can't be shut for the next 6-8 months until the weather allows for a real haul out and glasswork.
Hmmm. I am leaning heavily to option "A" but these are my choices. I have a 12 foot tide noon in two days so hopefully I will be able to get a spot on the tide grid and get to work. If I miss this next tide window it will be another month before I can try again! Eek...