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December 2013

Stay afloat

7 tips for seacock safety

Stay afloat

You don’t want to skimp or cut corners when it comes to keeping water out of your boat. Nowhere is this more important than with your seacocks. Follow these seven tips to ensure that the water stays on the outside and your boat stays on top.

  1. A failed underwater fitting or hose will easily overwhelm bilge pumps and sink your boat.
  2. Use real seacocks, never gate valves, below the waterline.
  3. Close all seacocks (except cockpit drains) when you are not on board: They will be less likely to jam, you will remember where they are, and there will be fewer ways your boat will sink when you’re not there.
  4. Make sure you have wood plugs handy. They are proven to stop a flood when a fitting or hose fails.
  5. Use only high quality 316 stainless or marine-grade hose clamps.
  6. Double-clamp below-the-waterline hoses and offset the fastener on the hose barb.
  7. Make a drawing of through-hull and seacock locations, and keep it handy.

  

 

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