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Help identifying and servicing seacock

I wonder if anyone can help me in identifying this seacock. It is for the head on a Baltic 38. It has a red and green side to a lever which flips over. When I flip it over from green to red, water shoots out of the top between the plastic washer and the center shaft.

On the side it says Kewell and made in ***land. Has anybody see one like this? I want to haul the boat, but before I do I want to try to figure out a plan for dealing with this thing.
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I think I would replace it with one of many more popular seacocks. I suspect it is from WENZHOU KEWELL VALVE CO. China of course. Might have been made in New Zealand.
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I'd replace it with a real seacock.... preferably with a flanged adapter. Read this post by Maine Sail if you want to know what to do to do this right.
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Thanks for the opinions. I kind of figured that the direction would be to replace it. Which probably is the right thing to do. I'm sort of hoping that I can just service it instead, if it looks like it is in good condition.

The inside of the hull is built up around the seacock about 1/2" thick by about 4" diameter, making me wonder if it has some sort of flange that is fiberglassed into the hull. Hard to show this in a picture, but I attached another. I suppose that I can always still find a way to get it out, but it seems like a chore.

Good find with the Wenzhou Kewell valve company. I wonder if they're ripping off the name of an older Kewell company, which doesn't seem to have any trace on google.
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Considering that the valve is likely chinese in origin... Whenzou doesn't sound like much other than chinese... and chinese manufacturers often use suspect materials...I'd replace it. I'd also recommend examining the 4" raised area it is attached to. In many boats, they fiberglass in a disk of plywood, and if the plywood has gotten any water intrusion, it is likely that it has rotted and would need to be replaced.
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