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Maine Sail
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Re: Closing seacocks

One of our old boats SANK under her new ownership. They had replaced the head intake hose about 5 years after we sold it to them and then proceeded to leave the thru-hull open, actually all thru-hulls, all the time. This, after I specifically went over the in-depth modifications I had made to the boat, in terms of seacock access, to make CLOSING them a 45 second job....

The intake "barb" on the Raritan PH heads has NO BARBS. GREAT HEAD, STUPID, STUPID, STUPID DESIGN FLAW!!!!!!!!!!

The new owners used a typical CHEAP perforated hose clamp and only ONE fits well on that inlet barb due to it's short length. The hose HAD a nice non-perforated AWAB clamp on it but they clearly threw it away in favor of a crap quality "new one"....

We then had a Nor' Easter and it was decided during the insurance investigation that the wave action, and resulting hydraulic pressure, from the boat slamming down off waves, over many hours, forced the hose off the barb-less male adapter on the head. The 3/4" line then fell to the floor and began filling the boat.

When they re-floated her they found the open seacock and the hose with clamp still around it.

Insurance company initially tried to deny coverage due to only one hose clamp in use and the sea valve not sufficiently "secured". They fought it based on the fact that you can't effectively fit two clamps on that barb and that in the "static" position the head inlet was "technically" very slightly above the waterline. They argued "unforeseen circumstances" and the insurance company begrudgingly paid but later dropped them as a client.....

That taught me a good lesson that if your boat sinks, and the seacock was involved, the insurance company may try to deny coverage and they may actually be successful or at the least drop you. Stuff happens....

-Maine Sail / CS-36T

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