I noticed a leaking (dripping) seacock this weekend and am wondering if it is a serious problem. I am attaching images, and after looking at the pictures I have to say they look scarier than I perceived at the time.
I noticed a small stream of wet area leading to the bilge. I noticed the base of the seacock. This is a forward seacock in the v-berth that feeds the forward head and an air conditioner.. It is dripping from the tapered plug, not at the base, although the base itself doesn't look too good, probably because it has been wet. I am hoping to wait until after this season to haul the boat and have the baseplate replaced.
My question is, is it safe, and advised, to tighten the nut to stop the drip while the boat is in the water? Will that likely stop the dripping? The dripping is 3-4 drip per second - that is to me substantial. It appears to stop dripping when it is off, so I have left it off and hopefully will dry out the base plate until I am there.
Also, is all of this corrosion a sign of some galvanic issue, or is that just a byproduct of the drip?
(Why am I only able to display the link to the photo in the post...other times I have been able to post the actual image in the body of the post???)