This is one of those "I-think-I-know-what-we-need-to-do-but-hope-to-hear-we-don't" questions.
In preparing our Alberg 30
for some upcoming coastal cruising, we noticed corrosion
on one of the stopcocks. While removing the valve to replace it, one of us (who shall remain nameless), noticed a "give" feeling and thought he felt some movement of the thru-hull fitting. I went below to observe from outside (the boat
is on it's trailer... thank goodness), and sure enough, a gentle twist from inside does cause an every so slight rotation of the fitting on the hull
. There may have been expletives uttered from inside & outside the boat
We don't know what bedding compound was used, but assume a polyurethane
sealer as most work on the boat by past owners seems to have followed standard practise. We're quite new to sailing and boat maintenance
, and aren't familiar with the properties of polyurethane
, but know enough to know that we don't want to be dealing with a leaky thru-hull when underway.
So, would this kind of slight movement have compromised the seal? Do we now need to remove, clean then rebed the fitting?
thanks, in advance, for any/all advice.
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