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Old 14-06-2015, 13:20   #31
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

The PO on my boat left a 3/4" peice of plywood, about 12" long, about 4" wide with a BIG round hole in each end. One end is the handle for your habnd, the other can loop over the lever and pull, or reach behind and push, twist, and finagle the seacock closed. I leave it in the locker where there are three hard to reach through-hulls.
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Old 14-06-2015, 13:43   #32
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

push pull morse control cable to a ball valve handle
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Old 14-06-2015, 13:59   #33
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

I have the same issue with a certain sea cock. I just use use my fish gaff hook to grab the ring in the end of the lever to pull it open. Then I use the flat end of my boat hook to close it. Works every time
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

I keep a couple children on board. They are handy for getting in small places, or retrieving small parts from the bilge. They stow easily in the port side cockpit locker, with the spare fenders.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

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A commercial product:

Seacock Remote Operation Arm - TH Marine

Easy enough to duplicate.
I built my own version of this for 2 seacocks that were reachable but inconvenient. Used 1/4" SS rod(not threaded). Drilled 1/4"+ hole in valve handle. Bent a 90 in valve handle end of rod & used 2 SS flat washers & 1/16"? split/cotter pin thru hole drilled in rod.
Operating end-bent a circle in rod end.
Dropped rods thru grp deck in convenient out of sight places-in my case-bottom of bat compartment & top of a locker.
Works great-encourages my old body to shut seacocks off,whereas,previously I was "occasionally" delinquent in doing so.
Also,in my case,one rod is right next to bat. off swx,so usually reminded to turn it off & on.
As I age & stiffen,I find myself cobbling up more of these brilliantly engineered solutions.

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I keep a couple children on board. They are handy for getting in small places, or retrieving small parts from the bilge. They stow easily in the port side cockpit locker, with the spare fenders.
Unfortunately, I've found children become inconveniently large after just a few years -- not to mention expensive and argumentative. And while they may ultimately be regenerating in the form of grand children, they seem to remember the locker storage trick.

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Old 14-06-2015, 15:31   #37
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

For the tricky ones, I like to always maintain easy access to isolate, without going head down in a locker or similar, so.......Use a cable - drill a hole in the handle and attach a gear change cable, with a lever in an accessible position. I believe you guys have Boat Jumbles, so you are likely to find an appropriate lever, then buy the correct length cable - or get lucky at the boat jumble.
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Unfortunately, I've found children become inconveniently large after just a few years -- not to mention expensive and argumentative. And while they may ultimately be regenerating in the form of grand children, they seem to remember the locker storage trick.

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Yeah and when the little buggers grow up, and leave home, for some strange reason they cost more than when they lived at home
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Old 14-06-2015, 17:24   #39
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Unfortunately, I've found children become inconveniently large after just a few years -- not to mention expensive and argumentative. And while they may ultimately be regenerating in the form of grand children, they seem to remember the locker storage trick.

Carl
If you leave them stored in the cockpit locker and don't feed them too much they will never outgrow it...

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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Other than the fact that I agree completly with Rustic Charms last post. If this is an issue of simple convince so you can acess a valve to shut off flow for simple maintenance issues, then the answer is quite simple. Spend the time and reach to add a few inches/feet of hose to the existing output of the thru hull valve then add another simple shut on/off valve in line that is more accessible to your five foot reach. This way you can perform any maintenace you are considering without the yoga style maneuvering your designer left you with.

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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

A short piece of sched. 40 or 80 PVC for a handle glued to a T to slip over the seacock handle should work.
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I keep a couple children on board. They are handy for getting in small places, or retrieving small parts from the bilge. They stow easily in the port side cockpit locker, with the spare fenders.
I have a few of my own favourite nooks and crannies, though this one has since been carved up.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

I keep a small half Cambodian/Thai person on board to reach the small places for me.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Go to a large plumbing supply place when it isn't too hectic. Show them a photo of what you are up against, and ask them about a "water meter key" or similar gadget. A water meter or utility key is basically a three foot long (or four, or six) iron rod with a split end or prongs, that you stick into a hole in the ground in order to turn the valve handle on a buried water meter.


Incredibly common and under ten bucks.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

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Go to a large plumbing supply place when it isn't too hectic. Show them a photo of what you are up against, and ask them about a "water meter key" or similar gadget. A water meter or utility key is basically a three foot long (or four, or six) iron rod with a split end or prongs, that you stick into a hole in the ground in order to turn the valve handle on a buried water meter.


Incredibly common and under ten bucks.
Have one at home. Might do the trick for the seacock but might be a bit too long. Also made of mild steel and would rust up every time you turned your head.


Guess you could sand and paint it 2-3 times a week to keep it good.
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