Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Kittery, Maine
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The PO of my boat put one on for the engine sea water sourceso he didn't worry about glavanic corrosion. Last year no issues. This year, when trying to shut the valve, the handle really flexes/bends. I am not sure it really closes all the way. When pulled for the winter, I am going back to a ball valve.
The manufacturer puts a tag on the valves (that the PO probably removed) that says you need to lubricate them twice a year. I love mine, but they really do need the lubrication. Any non-petroleum grease works. Just pull the hose, and dab some on top of the ball with the valve closed and work it back and forth a few times (with the hose replaced, of course). Do the same from the outside when it's on the hard. They move very easily when lubricated.
"Figment" 1978 Pearson 30 #1083