Seacocks Open or Closed when Away from Boat - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 04-29-2008
DrB DrB is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
Posts: 966
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 8
DrB will become famous soon enough
Seacocks Open or Closed when Away from Boat

I have a "When it Breaks, It will Break when I am Furthest Away From It" attitude, having had many a things go wrong because I forgot to turn something off, on, etc. and then left for a long period of time.

When I leave my boat, I close ALL seacocks (even above waterline ones) except for the cockpit drains. I know some folks leave theirs open, but my fear is that a hose pops or cracks and sunk boat. I can't check on it every day, and it is at a mooring, so I don't have unlimited power for a bilge pump.

What do others do? Just curious.

DrB
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 04-29-2008
swadiver's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Alta Loma, Ca.
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
swadiver is on a distinguished road
I close them all. I also hang my engine key from the raw water seacock so I cannot start until I open that thru hull.
__________________
Scott

Long Beach, Ca.
s/v Namaste - 86 Catalina 30 , Tall Rig


The optimist expects the wind. The pessimist complains about the wind. The realist adjusts the sails.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 04-29-2008
TrueBlue's Avatar
Señor Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 4,853
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough
I suppose it's good to repeat this question every now and then, since it is an important topic. But there was a similar thread just over a month ago.
__________________
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 04-29-2008
Boasun's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 3,058
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Boasun will become famous soon enough Boasun will become famous soon enough
Close them and have a boarding checkoff list for opening those valves and of anything else you want to check. Such as putting in the speed log impeller, battery checks, engine fluid checks and any locks that you have placed on the boat for security. Oh! bilge checks also. Things happen you know

And have a debarking checkoff list for those valves and other things that have to be done before you head for the house (to me the boat is home). Nothing like coming back to the boat and finding moldy bread and rancid meats in the ice box. So use a check list here also.

Last edited by Boasun; 04-29-2008 at 01:43 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 04-29-2008
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 2,179
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Rockter will become famous soon enough
All below the water line closed, every time.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 04-29-2008
teshannon's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 2,713
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about teshannon has a spectacular aura about
Never close any of them in spite of it being a good practice.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 04-29-2008
avazquez's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 87
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
avazquez is on a distinguished road
Close them ALL...

I do close them all.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 04-29-2008
.
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 10,855
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice Giulietta is just really nice
Quote:
Originally Posted by avazquez View Post
I do close them all.
No wonder.....one time I sailed a boat like yours and water was coming in thru the kitchen sink...
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 04-29-2008
nk235's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Long Island
Posts: 404
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
nk235 is on a distinguished road
Its funny this popped up as I was just about to do a search on this as I was wondering the same thing. I just bought a new boat and it has 5 sea cocks, some in tough positions to open and close easily, especially the one in the engine compartment for the raw water intake where I have to unscrew the lock nuts holding the companion way stairs in place and then pull the stairs out and reach way back in to the compartment behind the engine to the seacock. Plus I have been going down to the boat every day or every other after work so to do this that much just seems like a pain in the ass.

What are really the chances of something happening? How often does this occur? I mean I inspect the hoses and clamps everytime I do check the sea cocks and they all look great and in perfect working order.

Anyway I know it makes good sense to close them everytime, its just a lot of work.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 04-29-2008
TrueBlue's Avatar
Señor Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 4,853
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough
Just last weekend I assisted the new owner of my last boat for getting her ready for a sea-trial sail on the Bay. He commented on how much of a chore it is to close all 11 through-hulls below the waterline, since our marina has a policy of closing all before launching.

He stated that he will copy my practice of NOT closing them all, each time the boat was left. It truly is a royal pain when there are that many. I also justified this for the unbroken shore power connection and the fact that I lived 5 minutes from the boat, checking it daily.

If I was on a mooring though, I may have done things differently.
__________________
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Joys and Pitfalls of Buying a New Boat - Part 1 Lin & Larry Pardey Buying a Boat Articles 24 3 Weeks Ago 11:40 PM
Name Change for Older Yacht ChiefOren Boat Review and Purchase Forum 12 10-08-2007 10:59 PM
Rust Never Sleeps John Kretschmer Buying a Boat Articles 0 02-27-2003 07:00 PM
Performing in Light Air Brian Hancock Learning to Sail Articles 0 01-15-2003 07:00 PM
The Balance of Hull and Sails Steve Colgate Buying a Boat Articles 0 05-25-2000 08:00 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:02 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.