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Old 09-08-2010, 18:52   #1
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Remote Seacock Lever ?

Most of our through-hulls and seacocks are pretty inaccessible. We're planning on reducing the number but what I'd really like is to have the open-close lever mounted where it can be reached without crawling around in uncomfortable locations.

Are there any mechanical linkages on the market that let you do such installations ? Not electrical but maybe push-pull wire in sheath or something like that ?

No huge thing but it would make me close more of the through-hulls when we leave.


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Considering the huge variety of locations, handles and fittings, having standardized remote arrangements seems difficult at best.

This isn't a difficult issue, but it is "fiddly" a bit, depending on your ability to "engineer on the fly". Several manufacture do use cables or rods for valve manipulation. I'd recommend you entertain small hatches or deck plates over the areas you have fittings and rig a rod and handle sort of thing.

Cables can offer the luxury of having most of the thru hull closers in one location. Of course this means climbing down in the bilge and routing cables, making brackets and fair leads at the fitting, etc. This is a bit more effort, but certainly a "cleaner" method. Personally, I dislike the idea of not being able to see a valve handle perpendicular to the fitting, which is what will happen with long cable runs, but if you are a routine maintenance guy, then insuring these cables are lubed up and working nicely could relieve some worries.
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