Yesterday I started getting the boat really to go back into the water
. Replaced the head
intake sea ball valve beacuse it was frozen half open. This turned out to be a fairly easy job that went much better than planned! So I took a close look at all the other thur hull
fittings and ball valves. Found that the head overboard
thur fitting looked real corroded away looking from the outside.
So today I decided to replace the thur fitting. Loosened up the hose clamps and when I tried to push the hose off, the whole valve moved! Pushed on the valve harder and finally the valve, with the threaded nipple part of the thur fitting, came out of the hull! I went outside and took a screwdriver and popped the head of the fitting right out. Turns out the the only thing that had been keeping this valve in (and the sea out) was the caulking around the thur fitting! And this is for a valve that got opened/closed lots of times last year (by feel as it is up under the shower
seat and have to acces via a screwed access port in the side of the seat).
So some caulking kept my boat from sinking at least all of last year (I've only had a year and the survey
didn't find the problem, which didn't just happen last season)!
So thought it would be worthwhile to collect stories of small things that could have easily sunk your boat or caused some other diaster!