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Re: Closing seacocks

I close my 3 seacocks every time I leave the boat (usually for a week). There are still a number of thru-hulls w/o seacocks: rudder stuffing box, shaft stuffing box, two cockpit scuppers, knotmeter wheel. I would imagine a good drip would sink most boats in a week.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I close all seacocks, except the 2 cockpit drains, when I leave the boat unattended. To avoid the possibility of starting the engine without raw water open, I leave the key looped on the raw water seacock.
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Re: Closing seacocks

I close all except the two cockpit drain valves (need to stay open to drain rain water).

I also have this remote monitor which will call my cell phone for high bilge water or low battery voltage. The company has been bought by Mcdermott Light and Signal. Gives me peace of mind if away from boat. Figure if I get high water alarm I can get to boat and solve problem before she sinks.
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This unit has multiple normal open or normal closed contacts- you can wire these as an intruder alarm, smoke alarm, low temp, high temp or whatever you like. The unit will text message of the abnormal condition.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I don't close mine during the sailing season.

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Re: Closing seacocks

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Below the waterline:

1. Washdown intake - Tee'd to another intake
2. Port galley sink drain - Above the waterline
3. Starboard galley sink drain- Above the waterline
4. Starboard deck drains- Above the waterline
5. Port deck drains- Above the waterline
6. Starboard cockpit drain (with seat drain)- Above the waterline
7. Port cockpit drain- Above the waterline
8. Main engine cooling inlet - Closed every time I leave boat
9. Generator cooling inletClosed every time I leave boat
10. Generator cooling outletAbove the waterline
11. Head sink drainAbove the waterline
12. Head inlet - Freshwater
13. Head outletClosed when less than 3 miles out
14. A/C cooling inlet Closed every time I leave boat

Above the waterline:
OK to leave open.
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.
If it don't need to be below waterline eliminate it, if it does, then locate near a hatch so you can close it.

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Re: Closing seacocks

A friends Hunter has the best seacock setup I've seen. The head, galley and engine are all clustered around the companionway so under the galley sole is a pit with all the seacocks, strainer etc. clustered in one place, labelled, plugs wired to each and everything right at hand - very slick.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I close all 6 every time I leave the boat--even if it's for just a couple hours.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I close them all except the cockpit drains, bilge pumps and the exhaust valve (above waterline). Like others have said we leave the ignition key on the raw water inlet valve.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I closed all 7 every time I left the boat if I wanted peace of mind ashore. I replaced the cockpit drain thru-hulls, seacocks and hoses when I bought the boat knowing that they would always remain open. I usually closed the engine, head intake & discharge if not being used when ON the boat. Why not? The alternative could really suck.
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