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Roscoe2018
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Through hull fittings
22.10.2018 at 17:01:47
 
On the basis that the less holes in a boat the better, I have 2 for the head and 1 for the speed log.  I am thinking of glassing these over but as a new owner would welcome other comments.

Heads - as a solent sailer I am not likely to use it much, should I get a porta poti/bucket for longer trips, would this affect resale value, should we be pumping that stuff into the sea.

Speed log - when it works this is not particularly accurate, does anyone find it essential bearing in mind  GPS gives sog anyway.

All thoughts gratefully received, thanks.
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Reply #1 - 22.10.2018 at 19:18:58
 
Roscoe: personally I would leave as is. I cannot sail the Solent without needing the heads!!
Re log - do you remove impeller when not in use?
For longer trips eg cross channel you need a log to work up estimated position.To rely entirely on GPS NOT recommended practice.
Are there not sea cocks for engine cooling & sink draining?
What about echo sounder transducer?
Cockpit drains?
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Reply #2 - 23.10.2018 at 20:08:37
 
John: thanks for your advice.

I do remove the impeller occasionally but probably not as often as I should.

There are seacocks for all the other things you mention sink, engine intake etc, but they all seemed more essentially than the heads and log but I will rethink that one.
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Reply #3 - 24.10.2018 at 08:02:26
 
Roscoe: I remove my impeller every time I leave the boat. I have the hull fitting through a plastic box, about 5-6" square to catch the inevitable water ingress, which is then very easy to sponge out.
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