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Re: Closing seacocks

We have 8 below the waterline in our 35' Bene & always close all of them when leaving the boat for a day or more. Two cockpit drains exit the transom about 12" above waterline, so no need to bother with them - no provision to close them anyway.
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Re: Closing seacocks

Here's another example of my thru hull OCD. Last Fall, I split a hose below the waterline, when trying to remove it from the barb to winterize. I didn't have the right diameter to replace it, so I left the seacock closed and removed the hose to the next connection. Just having the seacock closed, with no hose attached, made me nervous, so I banged a dowel into the barb.

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Re: Closing seacocks

I also close all mine when I leave the boat. Not sure I would as far as banging a dowel into the barb of a closed seacock but that is buy no means a dumb idea. Better safe than sorry.
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Here's another example of my thru hull OCD. Last Fall, I split a hose below the waterline, when trying to remove it from the barb to winterize. I didn't have the right diameter to replace it, so I left the seacock closed and removed the hose to the next connection. Just having the seacock closed, with no hose attached, made me nervous, so I banged a dowel into the barb.

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Uh, nope. Sorry. There comes a point when its just up to the good Lord. You probably gotta a better chance of sinking via lightning that that Thull opening on its own and sinking the boat. But hey... if it makes you sleep better it's worth it.

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Here's another example of my thru hull OCD. Last Fall, I split a hose below the waterline, when trying to remove it from the barb to winterize. I didn't have the right diameter to replace it, so I left the seacock closed and removed the hose to the next connection. Just having the seacock closed, with no hose attached, made me nervous, so I banged a dowel into the barb.

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Yeah, I probably would. Belt and suspenders! Of course it would depend on how long it would be before I was able to replace the hose. Later that same day, probably not. A week or two -- yes!
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Re: Closing seacocks

Minne - I had 18 on Taronga - marked all locations with blue tape when offshore or overnight passage for ease of location (should need be.) I always close engine intake, head intakes and overboard thru-hulls when leaving the boat - the rest stay open. Also - re: barbs - I have always capped either with pipe ends or bungs any thru-hulls no longer in use. It's just an easy extra layer of caution.
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Here's another example of my thru hull OCD. Last Fall, I split a hose below the waterline, when trying to remove it from the barb to winterize. I didn't have the right diameter to replace it, so I left the seacock closed and removed the hose to the next connection. Just having the seacock closed, with no hose attached, made me nervous, so I banged a dowel into the barb.

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Hey Minne-,

You know what you need? I cannot remember who makes it, but there is this electronic device that automatically opens and closes your Thulls for you. Also warns you of the bilge going off. Think I saw it in Cruising World a while back.

I mean, come on! Boating isn't cheap!!

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Re: Closing seacocks

Bilge alarms are good. If you find the link, send it along. Auto seacocks sound cool. Maybe I'll have them on my dream boat one day......

I have an audible high water alarm already. It sounds down below as well as in the cockpit. I had an alarm that sounded if the pump simply ran for more than about 5 seconds straight. However, it must have shorted because it would go off randomly.

In fact, it went off as I was sneaking through the inlet into the Great Salt Pond on Block Island. I had some big monster stinkpot behind me and opposing traffic to port. The inlet is tight enough that you could pass cocktails to opposing traffic, so this was a really bad time to think there was a flood in the bilge. False alarm, but the salon got tossed pretty fast to learn that.
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Re: Closing seacocks

20 seacocks seems extreme. I have one for the sink drain, which I rarely close, and one for the watermaker, which is closed most of the time. I have two seacocks, total.
I suggest you try think of ways to eliminate most of those seacocks.
Standpipes can reduce the need to close some.
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Re: Closing seacocks

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Uh, nope. Sorry. There comes a point when its just up to the good Lord.
My feelings exactly. I've owned this boat for 13 years and other than the engine intake, I don't close any of them ever. I do have them lubed and serviced at haulout time, though. My seacocks are not well located and if I had to bend and reach and remove cushions, etc every time I left the boat, I would seriously just sell the boat. Of course, my refer has also never been turned off in the past 13 years. This stuff is why God made insurance and checkbooks.

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