It was around this time last year that the boat owner that I was helping out asked me to have a look at the galley sink, which was not draining properly. The seacock, which was a plumbing gate valve fitting looked in poor shape, and would not turn in either direction. Whether it was fully open or not was impossible to say, however the fact that it could not be closed was a concern.
The boat was in the water and so the fitting could not be changed easily. A consultation took place as to what to do. Perhaps if the nut at the top of the fitting were loosened carefully? I applied a spanner. The resulting effort insufficient to ruffle the skipper’s hair, split the body of the fitting. A jet of water shot across the galley. This was a further surprise as neither of us expected the skin fitting to be below the surface of the water.
With no way of repairing the split or leaving the boat the only option was to snap the fitting right off and plug the hole. This was not easily achieved due to the small diameter, jagged metal and inrushing water, but eventually a bodge was achieved which could be trusted until the boat was lifted out.
Needless to say the skipper replaced all of the other seacocks at the same time.
If your boat’s seacocks are old, or cheap plumbing fittings have been used in lieu of the correct item, a potential problem may exist for your boat. The seacock on ours could easily have been broken by shoving something in the cupboard under the sink. It was brittle, probably due to electrolysis action.
Good job we were on the pontoon at the time.
Check yours out.
My friend is selling his boat, you might be interested.
23 ft Halcyon Sailing Sloop on Trailer in need of TLC - £2,250
This yacht is about circa 1975, having spent most of its time on the trailer the GRP hull, decking and superstructure are good , It has an Anodised Mast, Boom and Roller Reefing, S. S. Pulpit, Pushpit, Stanchions and Rigging. There is 1 Main and 2 jib sails, Centre Skeg and Bilge Keels. aux. Albin Engine and Sea Toilet. The Washboards and Cockpit Sole have been upgraded to Aluminium.
As with most boats of this age there’s some jobs to do - The Rubbing strip, Rubber window seals and the foam in the berth cushions need renewing and the single cylinder engine requires attention due to being laid up .Therefore anyone with basic skills could have her ship shape in a short time
The Trailer requires Paint and Servicing. For efficient loading the trailer is fitted with high Side Posts, Bow Locating Buffer and Skeg stop. Its ideal to take the boat to the water and can save on expensive Mooring Fees.! The Trailer can also make repairs and maintenance far more convenient.
Therefore this a very practical nice sized boat with its own trailer.
I used to tow it with my Jaguar and later with my 4 x 4, . but now I'm not so nimble, and having owned her from almost new this is a reluctant sale. Apart from antifouling below the water line, the hull, decks and superstructure have never been painted, therefore there should be no hidden surprises.
Located near Skegness, Lincolnshire. Phone 01754 872101