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Just got a 1982 Morgan 323. I'm not new to sailing, but new to owing a boat like this. The engine is a Yanmar 3GMD diesel. Can anyone tell me where to find the seacock on this engine? Is there a place where I can find an operator's manual or repair manual? Maybe a spec manual?

I motored her from Baltimore to Deale about a month ago, no problems. But I took her out for a sail last week, and I started overheating on the way back to the marina. I'm 99% sure the seacock was open... I keep looking to see where the valve is to check it, but I can't seem to find it.
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Re: New to SailNet; New to Me Boat

The seacock is usually located in the engine compartment, right next to the engine and within easy reach of the engine hatch. Most were faucet handled on the older boats, but some of the newer ones were replaced with levered seacocks.

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Re: New to SailNet; New to Me Boat

I don't have a Morgan, but my engine seacock is under the sink in the head. Point is, boat builders are very creative in hiding things you need to find.
Locate your engine's raw water pump. Assuming you have a fresh water cooled engine, your pump has 2 hoses, one going to the heat exchanger and the other going to the seacock, usually with an inline strainer.
Now's the time to get to know your boat up close and personal. Open every opening you have, stick you head in with a good flashlight and find all your thru hulls, bilge pumps, sump pumps, anything with a hose. Figure out what each hose is used for.
The thru hull is there...you just have to find it.

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You'll probably find the seacock on the bottom.
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You might have better luck in the Morgan specific forum, but very nice boat, and welcome to the madness!
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Re: New to SailNet; New to Me Boat

No one went through the boat systems with you before you purchased it, I'm guessing no survey either? Doesn't matter now does it

I would have, at the very least, someone with some inboard motor knowledge go over the engine with you, if not hire a reputable mechanic to go through things with you.

My concern is if you cant find the seacock for the engine you need some assistance. There are several SailNetters in the Deale area who may volunteer to help you a bit, heck I would if I had the time, maybe next week.

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Re: New to SailNet; New to Me Boat

Shawn,

Yep...did get the survey before I bought it. I did ask the guy I bought it from...he just wasn't really that detailed about the systems. I did contact the surveyor, but haven't been able to connect with him to meet me out at the boat. I'll be around the marina all next week...may be a good time to get some help.

I got a little seacock shy with so many well-meaning folks telling me to keep the seacocks closed so I don't sink her. What's the general rule on the seacock? Closed when she's just stilling in the slip?
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Manual is on L-36.com. Many people leave the seacock open. Enjoy the boat!
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Try tracing backward from the raw water intake on the engine. The hose will eventually lead to the seacock. I know this sounds silly, but it's not that hard.

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Re: New to SailNet; New to Me Boat

I'm on my 4th boat. One had 7 seacocks, only 2 were easy to get to. Present boat has 6. Basically, I rarely close seacocks except when I winterize.

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