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Re: Closing seacocks

Yes. Those that I can. I have 5 thru-hulls and close all except the 2 cockpit scupper seacocks.
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Re: Closing seacocks

I usually only get down to the boat ever couple of weeks and when I leave all the seacocks get closed. Peace of mind and it exercises the valves. I do like the idea of hanging the engine key on the engine intake seacock
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Re: Closing seacocks

We always close the seacocks when we leave the boat. We have 4: engine water, galley sink, head sink, and toilet flush water. The toilet one is always closed now, a good thing, because it would be a slight pain to do every time.

I would turn around and go back to the boat if it occurred to me that I'd forgotten--I've seen a sunken sailboat in a slip--sad and scary.

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I also like the idea of hanging the engine key on the engine intake seacock. Plan on giving it a try.
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Re: Closing seacocks

Yes if leaving the boat for a period of time (in days). No when Living aboard/cruising. Only exception is when anchored for a period of time, we close main and sometimes generator.

I am a big proponent of exercising your seacocks. I am also of the mind that they should stay closed if you are leaving the boat for the weekend or week or something similar. But that is just me.

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Lets see: 8 sea cocks. Only 8 because I intentionally plumbed to minimize holes in the boat/sea cocks.

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Re: Closing seacocks

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Nope.
Below the waterline:

1. Washdown intake
2. Port galley sink drain
3. Starboard galley sink drain
4. Starboard deck drains
5. Port deck drains
6. Starboard cockpit drain (with seat drain)
7. Port cockpit drain
8. Main engine cooling inlet
9. Generator cooling inlet
10. Generator cooling outlet
11. Head sink drain
12. Head inlet
13. Head outlet
14. A/C cooling inlet

Above the waterline:

15. Forward A/C outlet
16. Aft A/C outlet
17. Main bilge
18. High bilge
19. Manual bilge
20. Shower sump
21. Generator dry exhaust
22. Main engine wet exhaust
23. Diesel heater exhaust

I'm on the boat most of the day almost every day. I carefully inspect the hoses and cycle the valves quarterly. That's working for me.

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Re: Closing seacocks

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We have 20 thru hulls, with seacocks, that I can count off the top of my head.

Closing seacocks
May be you can get a SPOT II (if you don't have one yet) and hot wired to a flood sensor to send you a text message when you boat is about to sink. Damn closing 20 seacocks is lot of work. I am just sayin'


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Re: Closing seacocks

I actually really like the Sea Chest idea that is commong on many Tayanas. Basically, it is one larger hole in the boat a the very bottom with a very large strainer that feeds everthing. Sure does make a leak quick to stop. I am sure there is some nautical reason why Catalina or Bene or most other manufacturers do not use a Sea Chest (probably cost) bu is still seems like the way to go to me.

If I had 20 sea cocks, I can guarantee you I would be looking for a way to start reducing them. For example, I have a washdown pump. I could have put in a whole new Thull for it. Instead, I pulled off the shower drain. No biggie. I pulled for a watermaker off of my Air Conditioner. I figure I will not run them both at the same time anyways and the AC is furthest forward in the boat. The Gen and engine have their own Thull, which Ii agree with, but Catalina put those in anyways.

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Re: Closing seacocks

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We have 20 thru hulls, with seacocks, that I can count off the top of my head.

Nevertheless, let's sound off. Do you close your thru hulls when you leave your boat?
Dude, 20? That's not a boat that's a floating one of these:



I always close my 2 seacocks. The dudes around here have scared the hell out of me.


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I actually really like the Sea Chest idea that is commong on many Tayanas. Anyways, random thoughts.

Brian
I believe Caliber has been using this idea for a while now?

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