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I used to only close our engine intake seacock, but a boat sank at our marina earlier this year when a head hose broke attached to an open seacock. Now we close all of the through-hulls when we're away for more than 24 hours.

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I close all of ours every time we leave the marina - even if it is Saturday afternoon and we are returning on Sunday morning. Keeps the valves excercised and lets me sleep better at night (particularly if something comes up and I don't make it back to the marina until the following weekend). It has become a routine, as is opening the engine seacock before starting, and looking over the transom for waterflow after starting.
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I make sure all 5 are closed before I leave the boat even if I "know" I didn't use all of them. I had justification aplenty last fall when winterizing the boat and found the hose from the raw water intake seacock was so soft it literally fell apart in my hand. Another month in the water with an open seacock may well have led to disaster.
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Since i live on the boat, i do not close all each time i leave. I check the bilge
on a regular basis and check all the hoses and valves every two weeks.
Each is operated to make sure it still turns. I also check the the sweet water lines and connections every two weeks. If i have any question about the integrity of a hose, clamp or valve, i replace it.
Oh, I also never close the propane exhaust valve and have replaced it for showing signs of dry rot.
If i didn't live on the boat i might do this differently. I couldn't imagine having to crawl on the floor open the bilge and then crank open the sink valve every time it was used. I have one-way flow valves on exhaust drains and that gives me some comfort.
So i understand all the weekend sail crew closing up before they leave for the week, but what about other live-aboards? Honest replies now

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The nature of one's particular boat, its design and how it's set up, probably plays an important role in how one approaches this question. On my boat, I do not have to pull up floorboards or crawl in bilges to access any of the seacocks. At most, I open a cabinet door and there they are. Their easy accessibility promotes the idea of opening then only when actually in use and keeping them closed at all other times -- if they were buried in some deep recess somewhere, I expect my approach would be different. Oh, and just because I know that they are (supposed to be) closed doesn't mean that I don't double check that make sure that they really are closed when leaving the boat.

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We have had 3 sailboats sink in the South side of our marina in the last 1 1/2 years. All were failed engine intake thru/hulls or hoses. Wether they were failed, or insurance frauds no one knows.
Close the engine intake and put a sign!! on the electrical switch and or engine switch reminding you to turn the water on. An experienced friend of mine forgot and he fried his engine! Happens a lot I would think
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Leave the key to start the engine on the engine intake sea ****. This way, you won't forget to open it. The ring on my key chain fits over the handle so the keys just hang on the sea ****, otherwise use a rubber band.

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It's probably a good idea to keep them lubed up with some good anti corrosion like PB Blaster.
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I'd be leery of using PB Blaster on working seacocks. IT can attack and damage a wide range of materials...
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It's probably a good idea to keep them lubed up with some good anti corrosion like PB Blaster.

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Thanks a lot you all. Will remember thoughts when I leave the boat next time, even knowing it will take me time to make it a habit. I'm just thinking that this forum should have a specific area for BEST PRACTICES on whatever related to sailing/boats/semanship. I was about to ask about your heavy wheather procedures and prep, but not sure if this will fit into Gear. looked in other general purpose sailing topics but that is more pic-nic rather. Anyway, thanks again team ....

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