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January 30, 2012



Time for a new seacock, before your wife gets the notion to jump ship.

o docker

So to recap, your seacock was stiff and by applying lube you were able to put it back into service, whereupon it became stuck halfway and now no amount of lube or diddling with it will help.

Under the circumstances, you are to be commended for having the presence of mind to appeal to your blog readers for help.

Nick Wood

It's not a bad idea to fremove the whole skin fitting from the boat (held by 4 or 6 hopefully bronze nuts and bolts/machine screws.
Take the fitting into the shop and strip it down to it's component pieces.
With the valve body (less gland follower and studs) upside down on top of an open vice, gently tap out the plug with an appropriately sized lump of wood and a mallet.
Inspect components and using a fine grinding paste or lapping paste grind in the plug.
If necessary have a machine shop skim the PLUG to fit the valve body (do it this way to avoid weaking the pressure retaining body.
Re-assemble valve and refit to baot enafter checking condition of bolts and nuts. It's not unknown for a rouge brass bolt(s) and/or nuts to have crept in.
Don't ask me how I know this but I do.


Thanks for reminding me of another reason why I am glad I sail a Laser.

Adam Turinas

Nick, many thanks for the feedback. You are scarily knowledgeable. This may be the solution. Challenge is taking the through-hull out. Unfortunately the seacock is not set directly on the outer hull. It's sits on an internal layer and is connected trough a short hose to the outlet.

Tillerman, I wrote this post specifically to hear you say those words.


Sorry to be so predictable.

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