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Glad to help... the plastic caps are pretty worthless IMHO, since they discolor and get brittle.

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I am with Saildog, I installed the keyless variety...I prefer not carring a winch handle up the gunwale to offer up to the goddess of the sea...kerplunk. I have lost a few "deck keys" this way.

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The other advantage of the keyless kind is they're really hard to over-tighten. A bored deck monkey, without much common sense, might be able to make it almost impossible to open a deck fill, given a 10" winch handle to turn the cap with.

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I only open the fills at the dock. Very low danger of an overboard discharge of the winch handle on my boat, if not close to impossible.

It is considersably more likely to loose the handle when running the jib winches.

I am the only one who tightens them, therefore I know how tight they will be.

Even if they are overtightened or stuck for a variety of other reasons, I will absolutely be able to get them unstuck with a winch handle, whereas a key may be useless and painfull.
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I am winch handle less and keyless...sometimes even clueless
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Very true, especially the last part... But my parents raised me to be an agreeable person.
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What an outstanding design. Covers the ugly fill top and opens with the winch handle for real opening power and reliability.
As someone who opens deck fill caps for a living, I have to say I HATE the caps that can only be opened with a winch handle. No bigger PITA in my business.

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Just curious... why do you hate them so much, and are the keyless ones, like the one below better?

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As someone who opens deck fill caps for a living, I have to say I HATE the caps that can only be opened with a winch handle. No bigger PITA in my business.

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He hates them because he doesn't have a winch handle handy.

I do not open fills for a living, I open fills to fill the water or pump the head. IE: about once every 2 months for water and almost never for the head (macerator + 3 miles offshore).

In these applications I want a reliable opening tool that I will always handy and won't ding my knuckles make me cuss with effort.
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