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We definitely close our 4 seacocks--two sinks, engine intake, and head intake. Hate the thought of coming back a week later to see a mast sticking out of the water in our slip.

The engine intake is some bother, but gives me a chance to check the bilge there too.
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I don't close my seacocks when we leave the boat. I should, I know. But I am usually running late when I am leaving the boat, and forget to do that. Then in the weeks that I can't back to her, I constantly wonder if the boats going to be low in the water when I get there, and if I have alot of clean up to do.

I am making a laminated list of things to do when I leave the boat, and this is going to be on that list as a must do. Just so I can sleep well when I am at home.
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yes. always. If I forget - I will return and close them then. Cockpit drains are, obviously, the only exception.
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We have a checklist (hatches, seacocks, electical etc) and use it whenever we leave the boat... We have 1 sink, 1 engine and 1 head seacock, always close...However, I do keep the cockpit drains (2) open.
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Closing the cockpit drains would be problematic in other ways... SO, you should definitely check the hoses on the cockpit drains on a regular basis if they drain below the waterline.
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I close the head intake but leave the others open. This has more to do with the way I plumbed the head than anything else. The two cockpit scuppers are next to impossible to get too. I have to empty the starboard locker, climb under the cockpit sole, over the fuel fill, under the blower hose, and well, you get the picture. The other two for the sinks I don't have an excuse for. I have replaced all the hoses, hose clamps, and have serviced them.
Still, I guess this thread has guilted me into closing them.

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Initially I closes all 5 sea-**** but after awhile and the hassle (they're not together and some are not easily access) I stop closing them. But I do check the bilge regularly. Perhaps now should open/close the sea-**** periodically to work the handle/ball valves.
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close seacocks

I close mine when leaving the boat,only have four.Boat sank at my marina due to ac hose coming off seacock

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All the seacocks on my boat remain closed unless that particular bit of plumbing is actually in use. Of the course, the cockpit drains are always in use, so they are always open, but the engine raw water intake is closed unless the engine is running, the galley sink drain is closed unless there is water in the sink that needs to drain, the holding tank discharge is closed unless we're draining the holding tank, etc.... Thus, naturally, they are all closed when I leave the boat (except for the cockpit drains...)

(Hmmm...maybe I'll add a cockpit drain that discharge above the waterline, so the below-water drains can be kept closed except when we are at sea...)
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