My 40 year old Groco SV seacocks don't leak, the rubber cones are in great shape as well as the bronze. Sure they stopped making the rubber cones but they aren't that hard to come by.
I have all Groco SV's on my boat.
I believe manufacturers stopped offering these types of valves simply because of manufacturing costs, and the seepage that occurs while opening and closing the valve. Surely the mass public evolved (yeah right!) and it became unacceptable for the seepage. And it takes some strength and dexterity that might break a nail. Also you have to put your beer
down for a minute.
I would consider switching to Grocos flange and ball valve system. Let's not forget that this below waterline Seacock system isn't even accepted by UL standards or whoever the official people are. Please someone clarify here for me.
So, please, everyone help me with this decision.
Why couldn't I get another 20 years? Especially since they are already on my boat and in very good condition. Yes, I will be maintaining them regularly.
I am doing a very thorough refit
of my bottom, as well as replacing all the seacock backing plates which as I stated above have lost
Is there a way to turn this thread into a vote?
I would love as much feedback as possible.
And, hopcar, I like doing business with your firm and if I go with the ball valve system I'll be sure to look you up.
So everyone.....YES or NO about reinstalling my current
Groco SV valves after I replace the thruhulls and backing plates?