I have read the postings about your boat and your experiences on it and I would like to contribute to the discussion.
First, let me set out my qualifications to pontificate on marine
engineering: I know absolutely nothing about it whatsoever. However, I do know one or two things about aviation
engineering and accident
reporting which are (or should be) germane to this discussion.
I am a solo pilot and I have decided to save up and try a life on the ocean wave so, like you, I have lots to learn. Unlike you I am nowhere near the purchasing
In an aviation accident
report, those involved in the accident are never named. The purpose of the report is to help other pilots understand why
the accident occurred and how it could have been avoided or minimised. Even when names are known, pilots are never chastised or "picked on". Anyone involved in aviation has this attitude to safety
and disclosure pounded into them from day one.
As a result, I have found some of the comments made here totally alien to my way of thinking. This is an accident report. It is a learning
opportunity. It should not be an opportunity for mudslinging. In balance I must also add that I was heartened to see that most of the posters reacted in a positive and constructive way.
This leads me to my second point. It is standard practice in aviation for a part to have a "lifetime". Even parts
that appear 100% OK are discarded when they reach their mandated lifetime. This even applies to entire aircraft. Every aircraft has a maintenance
logbook which lists everything about the aircraft. How many hours has it flown? How many landings have the tyres had? When was its last 50 hour engine inspection
? When were the control cables
last changed? etc etc.
It seems to me that a safety
critical part such as a seacock should have a mandated life well within its expected failure lifetime. If past experience shows that (say) a seacock will fail in 10 years then they would have a mandated 6 year life.
Do boats lack a maintenance
log of this sort?
I know one thing for sure. Reading this story has convinced me to institute an aircraft-like schedule on any boat I get my hands on. Seacocks shall be my first replacement.
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I shall remember them and apply the lessons.