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Old 21-09-2014, 09:10   #31
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Re: Groco vs Conbraco Valves...

Hi Christian,
How was your
experience with Groco? I am preparing to replace seacocks in the next few weeks---and am leaning towards Apollo...
Many thanks for any advice you can give me...

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Old 22-09-2014, 08:21   #32
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Re: Groco vs Conbraco Valves...

Roberto, I have Apollo seacocks in my boat that are 26 years old and work fine.
If I were buying seacocks today I'd probably use Groco Flanged Adapters and ball valves.

That said, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the Groco or Apollo seacocks.
The Groco FBV Series are imported and seem to be a very good value.
The Groco BV Series are made in the USA and are probably the best seacock on the market today. They are not cheap.
The Apollo seacocks, like I have, are made in the USA and seem to be very similar to the Groco FBV.

The Groco seacocks have two features that I like.

Patented field reversible handle allows you to select the closed position orientation (clockwise or counter-clockwise) that best suits the installation.
■ Handle has square hole to accept standard ratchet, to help reach valves in hard-to-reach locations and ease actuation of difficult to operate valves.

I don't think you could go wrong with either an Apollo or Groco product.

Seacocks by Groco and Apollo Conbraco

Consider using Groco Backing Blocks when you make the installation. They make everything easier and eliminate three screw holes in your hull. They fit the Apollo seacocks as well as the Groco.

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