Drain screws on seacocks - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 12-04-2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 156
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
wumhenry is on a distinguished road
Question Drain screws on seacocks

Dutifully trying to follow advice to "winterize" seacocks (in the owner's manual for the Raritan toilet in my boat), I conjectured that what that would involve is removing the drain screws in the barrels to let out trapped water. I did that to the more accessible seacock drain screws last weekend. AFAIK, no water drained out, and I lost a screw that rolled into an inaccessible crevice. I asked the yacht yard's straw boss today whether his guys mess with the drain screws when they winterize boats for customers. He said "no." Instead, they just open the seacocks briefly after filling the water lines with antifreeze and then close 'em again, to let the antifreeze seep down into the seacock. Sounds good ta me.

What do y'all think? Is there any reason to mess with those little drain screws?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 12-04-2007
Freesail99's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,507
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Freesail99 will become famous soon enough
Send a message via Yahoo to Freesail99
Maybe you get get a magnet and recover the screw you lost. I don't believe you need to remove the screw, just loosen it.
__________________
S/V Scheherazade
-----------------------
I had a dream, I was sailing, I was happy, I was even smiling. Then I looked down and saw that I was on a multi-hull and woke up suddenly in a cold sweat.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 12-04-2007
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
Freesail-

If the screw is austentic stainless steel, or marine-grade stainless steel...it is non-magnetic, and the magnet won't do jack. If it is bronze... I believe that is also the case. The cheap, non-marine-grade (martenistic) stainless steel is magnetic.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

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)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 12-04-2007
HoffaLives's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: my mother's basement
Posts: 531
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
HoffaLives is on a distinguished road
I always thought those screws were more for lubing the seacock, not draining it; it's a pretty tight squeeze between the ball and casing, don't know that enough moisture could get in there to shatter it. but while you got it open, good time to lube it.
__________________
red peril
severodvinsk class russian submarine
1993
364 feet

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

our life afloat:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 12-04-2007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 156
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
wumhenry is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
I always thought those screws were more for lubing the seacock, not draining it; it's a pretty tight squeeze between the ball and casing, don't know that enough moisture could get in there to shatter it. but while you got it open, good time to lube it.
Mine are the bronze revolving-cylinder type.
What kind of lube do you put in there?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 12-05-2007
HoffaLives's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: my mother's basement
Posts: 531
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
HoffaLives is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by wumhenry View Post
Mine are the bronze revolving-cylinder type.
What kind of lube do you put in there?
some guys swear by morey's from napa, but i would use any old high quality grease. once you take off the screw you install a grease nipple. doesn't take much grease, and it displaces any water that might be in there.
__________________
red peril
severodvinsk class russian submarine
1993
364 feet

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

our life afloat:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Icebox Drain Gulfislander Gear & Maintenance 10 09-01-2008 12:01 AM
Parts for sink drain overholtzer S2 1 09-07-2007 04:07 PM
Seacocks - Who Needs 'em? SeaStrutter Gear & Maintenance 20 02-20-2007 02:43 PM
Oil Drain Universal M18 MBesant Gear & Maintenance 3 07-12-2006 07:40 AM
Closing Seacocks Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 12-20-2000 07:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:05 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.