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Thoughts on this idea to try and change seacock on trailer

So I am changing all seacocks (currently has old gate valves) and the head intake thru-hull fitting is about a third of the way under the wood on the trailer (photo attached). Since the side wood cradles only help stabilize the boat I was thinking first of just cutting out a section of the wood and then I changed my mind and I am now thinking about taking my right angle drill and just drilling a 1 1/2" hole right under the thru-hull with of course stopping about an 1/8" before hitting the hull and finish by using a knife to carve out the rest of the wood. The part that sucks about this is trying to drill a hole with about a 1/3 missing in that cut is hard.

I have to change both pieces of wood on the trailer and carpet them anyway next year after I launch. I cannot take the chance in keeping this gate valve in for a summer sailing. If anybody has a better idea I would love to hear it.
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Re: Thoughts on this idea to try and change seacock on trailer

That doesn't look like much wood n the way. Use a chisel...carefully.

Why is the carpet on the bottom of the bunks?

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All my boats (all motor) through out my life have had indoor/outdoor carpet on the wood. I would never have a boat sit on raw wood. What do you or others use if not carpet?


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Re: Thoughts on this idea to try and change seacock on trailer

Hey thanks. No idea why I didn't think of using a chisel. I did drill half way through with my right angle drill and just used a BF screwdriver and knocked out the rest in 5 min.


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Re: Thoughts on this idea to try and change seacock on trailer

Couldn't you just jack up the boat enough to do the switch out and not cut anything?

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No immediate way to jack it up but I'm all set. Have the old thru-hull out already. I'm interested in hearing more from others about carpet on the trailer bunks.

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Have the old thru-hull out already. I'm interested in hearing more from others about carpet on the trailer bunks.
Maybe I am seeing this wrong, but in your photo it looks like the boat is resting directly on the wood, while the carpet is on the bottom of the bunks.

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Maybe I am seeing this wrong, but in your photo it looks like the boat is resting directly on the wood, while the carpet is on the bottom of the bunks.
That it is in some areas only due to another one of the PO's sad maintenance items.
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Re: Thoughts on this idea to try and change seacock on trailer

Small boat? Use a car jack with suitable padding/blocking to just raise the hull off that part of the trailer, enough so you can just use the hole saw without worries. Or some cedar shakes, or other wedges, to just lift that part of the hull another inch.
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