Expect the Unexpected: Always Go Behind the Scenes
At the beginning of last season, we noticed a small puddle of water beneath the engine’s raw water intake seacock on our client’s yacht. Upon opening and closing the seacock several times, we discovered sea water leaking out of the base of the handle. If not addressed, the seacock would eventually pose a safety risk.
After further discussion with the owner, we discovered that the boat had sat in storage for the past three years, untouched. Had the seacocks been exercised and serviced regularly, this repair would have been unnecessary.
Unfortunately, the adage “out of sight, out of mind” never applies to a complex yacht. When was the last time all of your seacocks were exercised to prevent them from leaking or sticking in the open position at the worst possible time?