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Old 06-26-2012
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When you can't reach the seacock...

I have three seacocks in my Morgan 33 O.I. that are hidden in a small compartment in the head, under the sink. It's dark in there, you cannot see a damned thing without a flashlight, and you need the arms of an orangutang in order to reach two of them. Each time I reach in there I usually end up tearing a small chunk of hide from my right arm. Not only does it look ugly, but sometimes it hurts like Hell. I sat down and figured out what I needed to access the valve handles, spent $7 on a length of 1-inch-wide X 1/4-inch thick X 4-foot long piece of aluminum, cut a slot in one end, made a few bends, cleaned up the rough edges, and it works like a charm. Thought I would share it with the good folks on this forum.

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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Looks like a winner, Gary.
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Now how about a picture in use?
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Well, just from my experience, I would risk the loss of skin in order to get a feel of the seacocks. Using an extension arm can easily break them off and then you'd be in trouble.

I would look at alternate ways to access them, if possible

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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Ingenuity, the mother of . . .
Shame on you Morgan, typical factory build - easy in the plant, don't worry about the customer, similar to cars
And regarding what St Anna said - any way you can attach a plexiglass mirror inside the locker (velcro works) to give you the best view possible?
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Ha! I had just made a comment in a HerSailNet thread about women sometimes needing to approach problems differently than men just because of limited upper body or hand strength; your seacock solution seems to be along those same lines. Great minds, and all that...

FWIW, we make a practice to go around the boat once a month, on or near the beginning of the month, and exercise each of the seacocks. Keeps them from freezing up too badly, and also cements in our minds where each of them is. Handy in an emergency.
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Good idea Gary, just be gentle. The extra leverage will give you the strength to damage things.
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

Reminds me of one of the little gems on the Pearson32, they came with a Pullman sink. Damned hard to find, won't be in your local West Marine store. From the same RR folks who invented the Pullman bed, for the same reason. The whole sink flips up against the wall to make more room in the head. And of course, that eliminated the access problem since there's no "counter" closed in below it.

Nice little idea, never seen it on any other boat.
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Re: When you can't reach the seacock...

The handles look nice Gary. Still, I am in the open up the access panel camp. What happens if one of the thru-hulls fails and you need to get at the body of it or jam a tapered plug in the hole? If you don't have enough access to maneuver the normal handle, I can't imagine you have enough for proper emergency access. Anyway, throw that in the hopper.
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