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06-25-2008 01:35 PM
RAGTIMEDON Never gave it a thought -- I close them only when winterizing the boat, and don't close all of them since I found out the cockpit drains exit below the water line in front of the quarter berths! I think it may be a good suggestion I read above - install another cockpit drain ABOVE the water line. The only time I had a hose failure was on a 25 foot MacGregor I once owned. The hose from the cockpit drain split while the boat was on a trailer for the winter. The rest of the winter every time it rained or snowed and melted, it wound up in my bilge. Come spring I found a slab of ice inside, 25 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 15 inches thick. Since the boat was white, it did not absorb the sun, and I thought I would never get it to melt! Should have learned from that, but I still don't close seacocks! Duh!
06-25-2008 10:33 AM
Vitesse473
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Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
It was kind of like the dog who licks you when you come home....
Thanks for the great laugh!

Yes, I always close my seacocks. One) they are easy to access, and Two) it's just good practice to visually inspect them to ensure they work when you need them. I also carry a packet of wooden plugs of varying sizes, and the underwater hole filler compound. That's mainly because long ago on my Santana22 I went to grab the one and only seacock and the entire fitting broke off in my hand. It's amazing how fast water comes in a 1" or 2" hole. Luckily I had a buddy on the boat. He sat there covering the hole while I went to the chandlery.
06-25-2008 10:22 AM
beej67 We close everything but the cockpit scupper drains.

One of the biggest reasons to close everything regularly, in my opinion, is it keeps them loose enough to where they don't freeze up. Having a through hull valve freeze on you sucks.
06-25-2008 10:14 AM
rawsonnut
Cold weather

I have a total of 7 and some of them are almost impossible it get to. Had a really cold spell and temp went down to 2 degrees for a day last winter. Boat was on a mooring and I wasn't worried about ice. Not being to bright some days didn't think about the raw water strainer freezing. When I got there about 10 ft on the mast was above water. Oh well I wanted to spend several thousand dollars and man hours total rebuilding it any way. Hope to but her back in the water within the month!!!!
06-21-2008 06:28 PM
craigtoo I really really really thought I was gonna close them.... I was all convinced that it's the right thing to do... "Nigel Says" etc. etc.

Bought the boat.


Closed them a few times... when I first put the boat in the water.

Since then?

Almost never.

But I have started wearing a lifejacket that's good right?
06-21-2008 04:16 PM
Cesco I have 8 seacocks: 2 heads in + out, heads sink out, a/c in, galley sink out, 2 cockpit drains, engine in. Only problem is with cockpit drains: you close them and you flood the boat in case of rain or you don't close them and you sink the boat in case of failure. Even worse case the raw water inlet seacock. I am very afraid of leaving it closed when starting the engine, so every now and then (not often enough I maybe) I activate the lever to make sure it doesn't get stuck open, but neve leave it closed. Too absentminded for that.
06-18-2008 06:31 PM
arf145 Whoa now--I don't think anyone is recommending closing the cockpit drains are they? I guess it would take a fair amount of rain to sink the boat, but my understanding is that the danger there is that if you accumulate enough water in the cockpit to lower your waterline, you might put other above-water thruhulls below the waterline.

I think the suggestion was to double check those cockpit hoses if they run through your boat, as mine do.
06-18-2008 05:59 PM
SEMIJim Let's see... We have two: Head and engine fresh water intake. I never remember to close them . The one for the engine requires I remove the companionway stairs--bit of a hassle, that. There should be one on the sink drain. (Cited by the surveyor.) Need to remedy that next haul-out. Then need to remember to shut the !@$#!!! things when we leave the boat.

Hadn't thought about the cockpit drains. Going to have to take a look at that.

Second the "hang the key on the engine fresh water seacock" idea.

Jim
06-18-2008 05:25 PM
dave6330 I'll have to admit, the two connected to my cockpit drains are pretty well burried in the Lazarettes and I haven't been closing them as part of my normal routine. All others are closed when we shut down after using the boat. Maybe I ought too relook the cockpit drain ones....
06-18-2008 04:49 PM
MedSailor No.

A well installed through-hull and double hose clamp setup checked over every 6 months or so doesn't scare me.

I'm a recovering wooden boat owner you see so I'm a little more laid back about the whole (hole?) "slowly-sinking" stuff. It wasn't too uncommon for the boat to greet me with a geyser of water from the bilge pump as I stepped aboard thus sloshing the water in the bilge and activating the switch. It was kind of like the dog who licks you when you come home....

Medsailor
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