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Re: Seized seacock
You've gotten quite a few good ideas presented to you. The best one was take some pictures. Before you do anything, I'd suggest you get someone who's worked on boats and knows his way around them, like a yard person, a surveyor or a really capable boater. It's possible the yard where he kept it or worked on it can help you.
The reason I say that is the red flag inherent in your comment "Iv'e inherrited the boat off my grandad who has unfortunately passed." I'm sure your Grandfather was an accomplished sailor and when active really looked after his boat. However, as we get older things tend to slip through the cracks (I'm 69). It's not uncommon for a boat to spend many years in the water and never used. Then sit on the hard for more years.
The Westerly is a tough English made boat with a lot of old fashioned heavy duty (by todays standards components. But, they may have been sitting for some time.
For example, I'd suggest disconnecting the hoses on each seacock and checking to see what kind of valves they are and in what condition. I'd check all hoses for age. And don't forget the stuffing box hose, it's small but can sink the boat easily. The list can go on.
Also, the westerly is an old boat. see if your Grandfather left any records as to what he replaced or had fixed on it. Anything that can give you a clear insight as to it's maintenance. Especially in the last 5 or 20 years.
They're not a fast boat, but well built and seaworthy. With some time and a few $$$ up front I'm sure your grandfather would be happy seeing it on the water again with you at the tiller.