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Is it a tapered valve seacock or a ball valve seacock? From the sounds, it is probably a tapered valve seacock.
If it has any mineral deposits or corrosion on the tapered cone or the valve seat, it may leak in one position but not the other. If it is a ball valve, the same thing could happen, but I would think it'd be less likely. The other thing that could the problem is the mating surface for the tapered cone or ball valve has gotten scratched or scored, and when it is open the fluid goes through to opening, but when it is closed, it leaks through the damaged area. I would recommend that the next haul out, you take the seacock apart and inspect the surfaces of the internal parts for either damage, corrosion or mineral deposits.
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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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