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Old 05-15-2009
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Seacock Leaking

We just put our Grampian 34 in this morning after a winter on the hard (Georgian Bay, Ontario). When we checked the seacocks, the port midship one near the bulkhead was leaking.

Noticed a crack around the base of the block on the forward side where water appeared to be seeping in. Also seems to be water near a bolt on the aft side. (In the photos I'll attach, the white tube is running towards the port side). We're not sure why this is as it was fine last year. one of the cradle pads was resting close to this seacock and we're trying to decide if that may have caused something.

We tried tightening the clamp. We touched the screws, but when they started to slip inside their holes we abandoned that pretty quick! We put some waterweld on the forward side (see photos) which a. doesn't weld to if there's water (haha) and b. isn't stopping the flow.

So, here are a few questions:
1. any idea why - all of a sudden - this might be happening?
2. do we have to haul her out and replace that seacock?
3. if we have to take her out, it likely won't happen until Tuesday. Is that soon enough? (the yard is plenty busy today and we're heading into a holiday weekend)
4. what can we do in the meantime to stem the water or create a temporary seal? (duct tape? waterweld? prayer?)

Photos attached. (You can see the water in the one titled seacockfrabove.jpg)
Thanks for the help.
Fi and Kev

ps: The boat is new to us - we just picked it up last September - so we're still figuring out what's what and discovering new and "exciting" things every time we're on her.
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File Type: jpg seacockfrabove.jpg (29.6 KB, 199 views)
File Type: jpg crack_fwd.jpg (22.4 KB, 194 views)
File Type: jpg waterweld_stbrd.jpg (85.4 KB, 194 views)
File Type: jpg aft_wetscrew_crack.jpg (85.4 KB, 192 views)
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