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04-11-2007 01:55 PM
sailaway21 And when using Hawkeye's method, it does not hurt to have a second individual with you. If you forgot something, like a wrench, you will be standing over the hole like the Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, until someone comes along. If another person is there from the start you will, of course, insure that they are not needed. But, just in case....
04-11-2007 12:39 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by Hawkeye25
Anyway, I pulled the old valve and got a fabulous gush of water about 15" high, that stopped immediatly when I started threading the new valve on. Admittedly, it took about 4 to 5 seconds to get the thread started, but there was only a bit of dribbling and light squirting then, a lot like old guys do in the head three or four times a night. I blasted on some teflon tape and finished installing the valve. I got the knees of my jeans wet. Got less than a gallon of water in the bilge.
Been there, done that on a cockpit scupper. It IS a tad alarming at first, but then I realized it was an opportunity to clean out the bilges...
04-11-2007 11:59 AM
gc1111 Hawkeye, you describe the process and feelings much more eloquently than I could. Well said.
04-11-2007 11:43 AM
Hawkeye25 I've replaced the valves on some boats while in the water - two ways.

First way, jump in and stuff a greased rag wrapped around a wooden plug up into the thru-hull and seat it with a couple of firm taps with a hammer.
Go back aboard and remove the bad valve, prep the threads, and install the new valve. I usually slip on a big hose barb with enough hose to reach above the waterline, then insert a good dowel and tap out the plug and rag. Wood and greasy rags both float to the surface and can be picked up at the waterline in a minute or so. Shut the valve and remove the temp barb and hose and finish up the job.

Second way. I just did this on my own boat. 1 1/2" head overboard valve. Been closed for years and when I went to check it and excercise it, the handle busted right off. So, I got a new one, opened it and removed the handle to facilitate threading it on. Installed a temp hose barb and 2' of hose. Checked the bilge pumps, loosened the old valve and got ready to dance. I had everything set and close by, including a wooden plug and hammer.

******* I must warn the weak at heart here ***** if there is even the slightest possibility that you will become hysterical and start screaching and pulling out your hair, or possibly faint at the sight of water, or even work feverishly to invent some way in which you will succeed in sinking your boat, or even getting your feet wet, you must stop reading and go have tea with the Red Hat Society. ********

Anyway, I pulled the old valve and got a fabulous gush of water about 15" high, that stopped immediatly when I started threading the new valve on. Admittedly, it took about 4 to 5 seconds to get the thread started, but there was only a bit of dribbling and light squirting then, a lot like old guys do in the head three or four times a night. I blasted on some teflon tape and finished installing the valve. I got the knees of my jeans wet. Got less than a gallon of water in the bilge.
04-10-2007 02:25 AM
sailaway21 Motto of the French Republic: Why be difficult, when, with a little more effort, you could be impossible.

I have been nowhere in the world where the people have been more willing to expend the extra effort. The rep of the French is well earned.
04-10-2007 12:12 AM
Giulietta
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Originally Posted by sailingdog
These two weren't hairy... except on top of their heads... as I said... very pretty.

Ahhhh excellent subject...I'll photoshop you tomorrow...too tired need to sleep
04-10-2007 12:05 AM
sailingdog These two weren't hairy... except on top of their heads... as I said... very pretty.
04-09-2007 11:37 PM
Giulietta Ahhh yes yes yes...the hairy females....
04-09-2007 10:16 PM
sailingdog Actually, I have a couple of friends who are French... and they're not the problem...but they're female and very pretty...
04-09-2007 09:45 PM
Giulietta As a very know poet called Giulietta said once:

"the problem in France...are the French....."
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