A few things here Minaret, the valves that are fitted by 'Beneteau' are very dodgy, they comply to a standard that's dubious to say the least, however those 'dodgy' valves are in every Beneteau
worldwide and how many Beneteaus exist? Google
and try to find a failure leading to disaster?
I'd bet 'London to a brick' that Beneteau
are not the only ones fitting rubbish.
Now we are cruising in foreign waters where understanding languages etc isn't easy, WE decided to upgrade and bought Valves and fittings that are easy to replace and are built to a standard that I'M comfortable with. At this juncture in our cruising it would be impossible to haul out
, pad up an area where the valve locates and fit 'Groco's' we just don't have that luxury or facility.
Instead WE have decided to do something about a 'known to us' problem. WE shall sleep better knowing some cheap
crap brass isn't going to crumple at some pre-determined time.
Sometimes mate you gotta look past what you see as ideal and understand that compromises must be made.