Systems & Propulsion

You can use a hand-drill to cut out the backing plate, but a drill press is safer and ensures a perfectly squared-off hole.

Seacocks for Thin Hulls

Fabricating a fiberglass backing plate for vessels with thin hulls.

A proper below-the-water line sea cock consists of three parts: the outside portion or mushroom, which threads into the flanged valve, the flanged valve, and the backing plate.

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