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Seacocks Going Back in

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : Seacocks 
All the seacocks have been fixed up and are going back on the boat.  New 1/2 inch solid fiberglass backing boards were made and epoxied into place, replacing the wood.  The seacocks were all lapped and cleaned.  I used a bronze brush wheel to clean up the treads to make things easier to put things back together.  A Dremel with a bronze brush was used for the female threads.  I also got rid of all the old caulk on the bottom, making them shiny.  Now I know that bronze will turn green and that ...
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Sea Cocks

Posted by Bryan on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Seacocks 
I have been replacing the old wooden sea cock backing plates with fiberglass backing plates.  My kids and I made a mold and lathered up 20 layers + of fiberglass.  Cut that with a table saw and made new backing plates.  We put the good side facing up, creating a very smooth and flat surface to put the seacocks back on.  The old wooden plates, although nice teak plywood, were showing signs of decay.  A few were completely covered with caulk, a good sign that they leaked.  It was impossible to ...
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Sea cocks--Wilcox Crittenden

Posted by Bryan on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Seacocks 
I almost left the seacocks alone and was just planning on adding some lube and away I go.  Glad I did not.  I have now taken all of them out.  12 of them, plus one other through hull fitting.  The Seacocks are the original 30 year old all bronze seacocks and they are in good shape.  A little green, but that is just cosmetic.  A few had steel pipes attached to them and have filled with rust over the year.  WHO DOES THAT!  Put a STEEL pipe BELOW the water line on an intake valve?    I removed 1...
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Bryan Haas

Please feel free to contact me! I grew up on the waters of the Chesapeake sailing and fishing. I was paid to work, sail, race, and sometimes live on a 51' Hinkley (they didn't really need to pay me but they offered!). I am a high school science teacher who likes to learn by doing. Used to teach at "The Sound School" in New Haven Ct. Check it out, the most amazing on- the- water school there is. I have rebuilt smaller boats from scratch, but nothing on this scale. This is an adventure. All help is greatly appreciated.

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