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Taking out sea cocks

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I have a '79 Cal 25-2 that I am working on upgrading. I would like to take out the seacock for the overboard head outlet and the seacock for the salt water pump in the galley. I will never use either of them and they are just two seacocks I don't want to have to worry about. I am thinking of sawing around them, perhaps with a hole saw, making a resin plug, and using fiberglass to reinforce the back and faring in the hull side, bottompainting, etc. Any suggestions here?

Also, I want my mainsail halyard to feed back into the cockpit so I don't have to go up on the desk to raise or lower the main sail. Right now I have all rope halyards, external. The winch is on the mast, can I take the winch off the mast and install it on the cabin top? Will it need to be angled?

Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

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Why do glass work? It's a lot easier to renew the thru-hull (if it needs it.) and put a pipe cap on it.

Keeps your options open while eliminating the seacock.
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Why do glass work? It's a lot easier to renew the thru-hull (if it needs it.) and put a pipe cap on it.
Keeps your options open while eliminating the seacock.
I tend to agree with Goodnewsboy. if the seacock don't post a problem (corroded, leaking....) might as well leave it. any additional work done is potential for new problem. "If it ain't broken, don't fix it"
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There is a proper way to glass the hole which, if done incorrectly, will cause far more danger than just renewing the thru-hulls as other have suggested. You should not simply plug the holes and try to reinforce the hole with glass. The hole needs to be faired back approx twice the distance of the existing hole's diameter and faired with multiple glass layers. It's a simple process as long as you know how and you imply otherwise so you may be best served to follow the advice others have already given.

Moving the halyard winch to the cockpit area makes sense as long as you place the proper sized turning blocks in locations with adequate reinforcement to withstand the load.
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There are bronze pipe caps at:
http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=53827F
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It is a fairly simple process to fix it properly but if you are not familiar with glass work you should be able to hire a pro to do it for not much money.

I had a large ( 3")through hull discharge that I removed last spring. As has been said above you need to grind on the outside back about 2 inches all around to allow new glass work. I had a pro do the actual glass work for $50 and it is as good as new. He will glass both sides so you need to grind off a section of interior paint, and of course have decent access.

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