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Willcox-Crittenden Headmate - Fix or Float Test?
I have a Willcox-Critenden Headmate head fitted to my sailboat.
It has been a nightmare.
With poor performance, it had a full service with all service parts replaced at New York on passage down the ICW - Maine to N Carolina. At Anapolis I replaced all the hoses.
Still poor performance, so I bought a replacement head the following year after a 11 month lay-up. Given my large investment in Heatmate spares, it was another Headmate - all brand new.
After another 9 month lay-up, the new Headmate was fitted for a trans-Atlantic passage and the old pump fully serviced as a ready-to-fit spare.
On passage, the new Headmate leaked, became hard to pump and the plastic "T" broke, so a new pump was fitted.
This pump lasted a bit but eventually started to leak and had to be serviced. This was successful for a bit.
Later the second "T" handle broke. Epoxy repairs did not last long.
SInce then I have serviced the pump twice and have reverted to the original aluminium "T" handle because I have run out of plastic ones.
Other than the 3-person trans-Atlantic passage, the boat has not had much use sincce the brand new Headmate was fitted.
Does anyone have any advice on how to keep a Headmate going reliably.
Do I carry on trying to fix it or do I float test it and install a Jabsco one?