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17547RE: [SabreSailboat] Re: Cockpit Seacock Maintenace

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  • sid wax
    Sep 2, 2008
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      With that box in place, I was under there to replace one of the scuppers.  Attempting to get out, my knee got stuck fast on the wood, couldn’t move in any direction, and I was in a position where I had to move my knee to wriggle out through the opening.  I really strained my lower back against the rear of the locker hatch, and I was just stuck fast.  Thought I would be there forever, but was able to relax enough and shrink down just enough to release the friction on the knee and finally, after about 15 minutes of sheer fright, was able to free myself.  Fortunately, with a bit of care, I avoided that ugly position on later trips down there.  It is not one of my favorite parts of the boat!


      I decided against removing the box over the steering both for fear of damaging something down there and for fear of getting hung up on something.


      From: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com [mailto: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Gib Metcalf
      Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 9:23 AM
      To: Sabresailboat@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [SabreSailboat] Re: Cockpit Seacock Maintenace


      removing the box over the steering system frees up some additional room, though - like Carter - I've eased myself into this small space (another S 28) with the box in place.  But I always have a slight fear that I won't be able to get myself out.  Thus the cell phone within reach is an essential tool!

      Warren Kaplan wrote:

      The only thing Carter left out was the Advil!!! Take three before
      undertaking this attempt to assume the physiognomy of a pretzel and
      then take a handful after you negotiate extracating yourself from the
      bowels of your boat!! Wash both doses down with single malt. Take an
      extra swig or two just to make sure!!

      --- In Sabresailboat@ yahoogroups. com, Carter Brey <cbrey@...> wrote:
      > Mike,
      > I assume you're talking about the cockpit scupper seacocks.
      > I have a 28, which must have even less room manoeuvring room than
      > 34. But it can be done.
      > My technique is to lower myself slowly into the lazarette (after
      > removed any obstacles stored down there such as fuel jerry cans and
      > mothers-in-law) , steering my legs in the direction opposite to the
      > seacock in question. I end up lying on my side facing the seacock,
      > feet over on the other side of the lazarette. In this lateral
      > position I find I actually have a good range of motion for work.
      > Be sure to put all the tools you think you may possibly need in a
      > and bring it with you. And John's advice to bring a rag to spread
      > underneath to catch errant fasteners is good.
      > Oh-- don't forget your dogeared copy of the Profanosaurus. And your
      > phone. And tie the lazarette hatch open with small stuff.
      > Use the backstay to haul yourself up afterward. You may find you
      need to
      > exit in stages, rotating your body 90 degrees as you emerge from
      > shadowy chrysalis.
      > Best regards,
      > Carter Brey
      > S28 MkII #532 "Delphine"
      > City Island , NY
      > On Sun, 2008-08-31 at 21:58 -0700, Michael Sims wrote:
      > >
      > > I know that someone in this group has had the same problem that I
      > > having now, I have a 1986 Sabre Mk II, 34 foot, The port side
      > > apparently has had little maintenance performed on it by the POs.
      > > was trying to clean it today, but I couldn't even reach the back
      of it
      > > to remove the nut. The seacock handle, I couldn't move because it
      > > stuck. This subject seacock is between the steering housing
      > > compartment, the CNG locker and the fuel tank bulkhead. Has anyone
      > > found a easier way to remove this nut to clean this seacock. I was
      > > considering cutting an inspection hole in the bulkhead wall ( on
      > > other side of the seacock) in the port deep cockpit locker to
      > > the back of this seacock and to remove this nut. This inspection
      > > however would still be 12 inches away from the seacock. I can;t
      > > this inspection hole any closer because of the fuel tank location
      > >
      > > Any suggestions?
      > >
      > > Mike
      > > Altomar II
      > > 86 sabre MKII
      > >
      > >
      > >

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