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Just got lucky
Needing more storage, I decided to move the head intake from under the Vee Berth to a settee locker. Now that it's out I see the ball valve was a Home Depot type with an internal tapered thread on both ends (no real corrosion in fresh water) but there was a inch long crack on the side of the body. Looks like the PO did not drain for winter storage. Aside from the fact it was just screwed onto a thru hull. It looks like it was a disaster waiting to happen.
I have ordered a Groco flanged adapter base and a new ball valve. Will make a fiberglass backing plate to install in the new position.
Now that I have a 1" hole to repair under the Vee Berth I will ask the common question.
Do I grind 12:1 on both sides, or outside only then put a couple layers of glass on the inside. Have read Don Casey's book and the West System Fiberglass repair guide, but I am still hearing different opinions.
Plan to use epoxy and glass, starting with large circles and working smaller.
Also if the repair is done from one side (which would be the thickest repair), can I continue to laminate the whole repair or should I go half way, let cure, then continue.