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post #6 of Old 11-03-2010
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All through hull fittings should be of properly heavy bronze and well sealed to solid hull material. All should have ball valves (the 90 degree turn lever kind) immediately inside the hull to shut them off. All should be sealed with a proper flexible below water line sealant and inspected regularily. Easy access to shutoff is critical too. Wanna be anal? shut the valve any time you leave the boat, I already entered one twin engine cruiser to work on it for a battery drain complaint and found what essentially amounted to an open sea ****, Pieces of plumbing to a below water line fitting were damaged from freezing and nobody saw it when the boat was put in the water so the bilge pump constantly ran, thankfully with shore power it kept up with the major leak. I was able to just shut the valve off since the water system was never used by them and that completed the repair and stopped the battery drain.
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