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Re: Sinking Feeling

My feeling is that seacocks are there for a reason. I couldn't sleep at night, away from my boat, knowing any of my sea cocks were open (and I have a lot of them) after having seen so many boat sink because a hose spit or blew off and overwhelmed the bilge pump before anyone noticed.
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Re: Sinking Feeling

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What about the drain(s) from the cockpit, do you close them as well, when you leave the boat?
I have an open transom, so I don't have cockpit drains so to speak. Just one huge one in the back!

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Re: Sinking Feeling

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As it happens, a few weeks ago I had the kitchen sink metal (connector under the sink) literally crumble in my hands when I was working on something down there. I could have failed literally any time and easily sunk the boat had the seacock been open.
A friend almost lost his boat years ago with a similar issue. Sink hose slipped off the sink connector, fell down, and water started running in. Luckily he noticed the boat was low in the water before it sank.
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Re: Sinking Feeling

I believe the problem lies more with the deterioration of the cork gasket on the sea strainer than the bronze. As the cork deteriorates, one must tighten the wing nuts more and more, thereby putting much more pressure on the bronze, rather than compressing the cork. I rarely need to tighten that type of sea strainer more than hand tight, plus a bit.
Again, a maintenance failure, not an equipment failure.

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Re: Sinking Feeling

So common is the crumbled sink bib. And a hose held up by it. Everyone should get under their sink to see how close to sinking they are.
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Re: Sinking Feeling

If you use proper hose, the Trident (or similar) stuff with the thick wall, it is more likely to hold the sink up, than be held up by it. It won't "fall down".

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Re: Sinking Feeling

Of, forget about seacocks. That's for cheapskates.

The prudent mariner drysails his yacht. And has the marina staff pull it, block it, and secure it with hurricane ties whenever it is not being used. We usually call ahead and have it relaunched first thing in the morning before taking it out again.

Seacocks. Wet storage. Really? Is money so tight?
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If you use proper hose, the Trident (or similar) stuff with the thick wall, it is more likely to hold the sink up, than be held up by it. It won't "fall down".
And you want to rely on a hose holding the sink up, rather than closing the seacock?

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Re: Sinking Feeling

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What about the drain(s) from the cockpit, do you close them as well, when you leave the boat?
Good point. Most cockpit drains will only have one hose/seacock per drain, whereas, the engine seacock will have many connections and components that can fail... the strainer being one. Therefore, you will decrease risk the most my leaving drains open, and everything else closed.

As to the OP. He gives good advice. Check everthing that is under the water line often.
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Re: Sinking Feeling

If you're leaving the boat for any extended period of time, then closing everything off is a good idea but to do that every time you leave for a day or two just ain't going to happen. The best insurance is to have everything shipshape. Hoses aren't coming off and pieces aren't failing unless they're some sort of plastic junk or have not been maintained and checked once in a while. Most boat sinkings I've seen are the result of inattention.
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