Originally Posted by Cheechako
I'm a skeptic when I read these things. A lot of work is involved, plugging two holes low in the boat is involved, longer hoses with possible vibration/wear points are installed. I'm just not one of those people with "fear of seacocks " I guess. You have a simple straight run now. leave it!
Remember, Murphy is alive and well..... If you eliminate all the seacocks in your boat but one... That is the one that will sink the boat!
I went thru the "seacock elimination" scheme years ago because some cruiser wrote it in a book and it sounded logical. Ireduced 12 seacocks down to about 7 or 8 as I remember. In the end I had a bunch of lengths of hoses, with a bunch of fittings/tees etc and hose clamps running through the boat. Frankly, in the end, I felt the boat was more likely to sink after I was done, and of couple of them didnt drain as well as they used to.
Yes, I totally agree with what you are saying here.
I am only contemplating this particular idea as I feel it might be a big gain to get to outlets that are currently well below the waterline to a point above the waterline. If I cannot achieve that I will do exactly as you suggest and keep it simple, in fact, keep it exactly as it is (albeit with new fittings). I am well aware I am trying to second guess a very smart original owner who set the boat up and a very experienced boat builder
who designed it that way, and I am not blindly backing myself against those guys.
For the record
, I very much subscribe to the theory of one fitting per job, as I agree that the complexity of "T" pieces in the plumbing
is probably more risky than a good quality new skin fitting attached properly in the first place.
The large number of fittings I can currently eliminate are because I have chosen not to have a number of pieces of technology that were fitted to the boat when I bought it, such as the watermaker
driven eutectic fridge, plus one or two fittings seem to have been made obsolete over the years, they are no longer connected to anything, so I feel glassing over those is also worthwhile. I will however, take the good advice made earlier/elsewhere, and keep one well placed and easily serviced fitting as a backup engine
cooling/new technology fitting, just in case.
P.S. Tall ships leaving Adelaide on Sunday morning. We'll be there to wave them off, might even follow them down the coast for an hour or two... or three.... maybe all the way back to Melbourne... tempting.