First let me say congratulations for getting off the boat safely Susan. That is by far the most important thing, as you have no doubt discovered.
Marelon has some outstanding properties. I replaced all my through-hulls with titanium several years ago. This was largely to address leaching and corrosion
issues. When I did so, there were no titanium valves. That being the case and not wanting to experience any issues with galvanic corrosion
, I used Marelon valves. I replaced them in 2004 and have checked all of them every time I haul. So far, there have been no degradation issues. At the 10 year mark, I might consider doing a preventative replacement, but still have a few years to go.
The second and probably most important point relates to the issue of saftey. I have had the privilege
of doing several professional deliveries now. On of the lessons I have Really learned is "no mater how well maintained, or new, stuff breaks on boats
" (want to say that again for emphasis!). We go over everything before we put out to sea. The list takes us almost a day to go through. Still, stuff breaks on boats!
The most important thing we go through is our ditching routine. Who does what!!! Who pulls out the raft, who grabs the ditch bag, who calls for assistance, who deploys the dinghy
... We make sure everyone knows the routine in an emergency
situation. (Vest first, I pull life raft out of storage
, cut dingy straps and man aft crank for dinghy
, attach painter to dinghy, Throw in water
at abandon decision.) So, we spend time making sure we can get to everything we need to abandon, we make sure all the safety equipment
is in good order, we check the ditch bags to make sure no surprises in there. We don't count on someone being able to get to us quickly, but we do have multiple EPIRBs aboard. When necessary, I have brought my own along.
So the point is, STUFF BREAKS ON BOATS be as prepared as possible when it does.