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Old 17-06-2015, 13:36   #46
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

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We must have gotten one back when they were still made in the US of A, and well painted with flat black paint, intended to sit out in the shed for forty years without rusting.
A piece of conduit or pvc with a wide "slot" cut in one end, like a spud wrench, would probably do the job for two bucks, no paint or rust involved. Of course, that would count as a kludge job.(G)
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Well, it's not fun having 37 inch arms when buying jackets, but it's certainly nice for reaching sea cocks!
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

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We must have gotten one back when they were still made in the US of A, and well painted with flat black paint, intended to sit out in the shed for forty years without rusting.
Ah yea, the good old days. When men were men and steel was steel and, and, and men were steel. Starting to sound like an old fogey discussion. Bet you walked 10 miles through the snow back and forth to school every day, uphill both ways.



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A piece of conduit or pvc with a wide "slot" cut in one end, like a spud wrench, would probably do the job for two bucks, no paint or rust involved. Of course, that would count as a kludge job.(G)
I'm OK with a kludge. Especially if it mostly works and only costs $2.00.
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Well, it's not fun having 37 inch arms when buying jackets, but it's certainly nice for reaching sea cocks!
And inside the octagon.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

No low quality mild steel gear on this Boat, not even for a seacock opener.

I have decided to buy a good quality telescopic aluminium boathook. She packs down to 92cm and has been officially named Shortaas and will get her own clip position. I am also going to put a bit of brightly coloured paint or tape on the lever so that I can see it easily. The next step, once all the panels are in is to have a competition to see how fast each person can get to that seacock and close/open it.
The seacocks all get opened and closed every couple of weeks.

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The stick is the easiest way to go. But you may be able to also rig two 1/8" cords (one to open and one to close) that go through fair leads attached to the hull and then to a hook just inside a locker door.

It might take a bit of trial and error to get the fairleads positioned at the right angle to move the seacock handle across its whole range but this solution is much quicker and more reliable than a stick or boat hook in an emergency. A quick yank on the already rigged cord is all it takes to close a seacock. You don't have to find the stick.
I do like this idea better than any other, aside from resiting the through hull completely, next time we are in the yard.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Rather than just coloured tape, it might be best to use a tab of retro-reflective material - like you get to add to life jackets and floats. That way it will shine in low light and be even easier to see.
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Rather than just coloured tape, it might be best to use a tab of retro-reflective material - like you get to add to life jackets and floats. That way it will shine in low light and be even easier to see.
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That's exactly what I mean, thank you.
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Just one thing about the coloured tape - there is not much point using silvery reflective tape because the whole area in this case is covered in the silver foil of engine sound insulation so one more silver object won't cut it - better is a fluorescent yellow or orange tape/paint
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Re: Reaching a seacock when your arms aren't long enough

Your choice of colors.....

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