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Old 15-10-2014, 16:28   #16
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

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my brother if he needed to remember something first thing in the morning used to use a ball point to write on his willy so it was the first thing he saw when going for a pee in the morning

I suppose you could call that a variation on the "sea cock" method
simply brilliant, Alex!

But it does somewhat limit the length of the warning message...

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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

When I leave the boat I take the key out of the ignition and clothespin it to an index card that says "Open the seacock!"

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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

The kids who worked under me in the Navy used to do it all the time. Jabsco impellers were part of their morning uniform inspection if they did it too often.
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Old 15-10-2014, 16:41   #19
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

The ultimate solution is an electric seacock. Wire it in to open on start and close when off.

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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

If anyone has pumped the holding tank against the closed sea cock, and fouled the bilge, even just once this solution is an easy yes.

Now it's not that hard to extrapolate it to a catostrophic engine failure.

The sea cock lock-out is an elegant solution.

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Old 15-10-2014, 16:53   #21
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

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simply brilliant, Alex!

But it does somewhat limit the length of the warning message...

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weeeell

I was once in the Caribbean having a pee and just happened to glance across to the next stall and there was a Big west indian having a pee.

I happened to notice that he had "WENDY" tattooed on his dick,,,,being a bit tipsy, curiousity got the better of me and I couldn't help but ask................"who is WENDY"?

the guy laughed and said........" NO MON IT SAYS --Welcome to the caribbean and have a nice day".......................
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

I just hang my key on the seacock when I close it.
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

There are water flow switches available that could kill the gen set if no water is flowing. They are not expensive and can be easily wired in with the oil pressure and temp circuits that most generators use. That's better than a sea cock switch or willy graffiti.
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

How much time away from the boat is too much before one needs to shut off the raw water seacock? Usually in season I am not away from the boat for more than a few days so I don't shut it off as per advise of most pros. I do check it once in a while to make sure it is operating smoothly.
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Our rule is to shut off all sea cocks anytime we leave the boat. That helps in preventing the "I forgot" syndrome because we have to open them quite often.
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How much time away from the boat is too much before one needs to shut off the raw water seacock? Usually in season I am not away from the boat for more than a few days so I don't shut it off as per advise of most pros. I do check it once in a while to make sure it is operating smoothly.
Point understood but a boat can sink in hours or less if a hose lets go and the more you operate a seacock the less likely it is to seize up over time. Win win in my book.
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Re: Did It Yet Again :Banghead:

too many times when I used to close it! quit doing that decades ago. If the seacock isn't fine unattended, then I shouldn't be going to sea with it.
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Point understood but a boat can sink in hours or less if a hose lets go and the more you operate a seacock the less likely it is to seize up over time. Win win in my book.
The marine pros I'm learning from all tell me the seacocks and hoses should be in such condtiion as not to be afraid to leave them open unless there is a severe storm warning or some such. Otherwise they'd be suspect while underway. And we wouldn't want that, would we?

Their basic premise is this. What is the difference, safety wise, in us leaving the boat for a week or sailing for a week non-stop?
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too many times when I used to close it! quit doing that decades ago. If the seacock isn't fine unattended, then I shouldn't be going to sea with it.
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someone is onboard when cruising.

someone is not onboard when away.






I agree that things should be inspected well enough on a regular basis, as to be able to find a hose that might fail.

But I also am aware of situations, where the person left expecting to return, and something got in the way...and the return didn't happen for years.

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The marine pros I'm learning from all tell me the seacocks and hoses should be in such condtiion as not to be afraid to leave them open unless there is a severe storm warning or some such. Otherwise they'd be suspect while underway. And we wouldn't want that, would we?

Their basic premise is this. What is the difference, safety wise, in us leaving the boat for a week or sailing for a week non-stop?
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