Originally Posted by Cheechako
That appears to be a gate valve you have in there. (or are you talking the seacock/thru hull
?) personally I would not use a plastic ball valve, as robust as they seem, I experienced too many failures in an industrial environment
. They can also become almost impossible to turn... that seems to be the "luck of the draw". Buy a good bronze
Yes, the gate valve. The link is to the brass model at West Marine
which I have already purchased for the same reasons which you describe. The thru hull
seems to be functional enough and it can likely wait until it is on the hard
next time for bottom paint
in a year or so.
The flexible hoses look to be the original from 1980, so new anti-bacterial versions will be replacing them.
Thank you all for the input and the gracious welcome, Gord May. I have a potential modification of your quote below:
"If you didn't have the time, money or knowledge to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$/brains to fix it?" I'm working on it . . .