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Pine is generally better for the plugs... as it will swell up and hold itself in place once it gets soaked. I don't think teak will do that. Also, needs to be kept in a plastic bag and dry, for same reason. Should be held in place with light string, not wire...wire will corrode and is harder to cut or break.
I'd avoid wood for a backing plate for several reasons.. .
1) if it does get wet, it will change in size
2) if it does get wet, it will eventually rot and weaken
3) Even if it is glassed in place, if water gets to the wood... it will rot
Cam- I actually think there should be screws from the seacock flange into the backing block, but I disagree with Casey about them having to be through-bolted through the hull and block. The screws will serve to help prevent any torque on the seacock or its handle (if it gets stuck) from twisting the thru-hull fitting itself, and possibly breaking the sealant's seal.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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