Valve Maintenance – An Open and Shut Case
Keeping your Marelon valves maintained is quite easy. Simply open and close them regularly – at least 4 times a year.
If you’ve got lots of the flotsam and jetsam which can foul your props and mess up your bottom paint, then you need to open those valves more often.
Failing to maintain your valves can be an expensive fix. If you fail to keep your valves in good working order then you may find yourself needing to call the yard, pay to have your boat hauled and set, then pay again to have the valves repaired. In addition to the cost, you can also lose those precious summer days on the water while they try to fit the work into their schedule.
Alternatively, you could think about getting wet and doing the repairs yourself. Take the white plug/bung in the handle of the valve, jump in the water, and stick it in your thru-hull (as long as there’s no screen). The water pressure will hold the bung in place so that you can climb back onboard, remove the valve, and clear out any debris. This can certainly help you out in an emergency.
Keeping those Marelon valves maintained can be an easy task, as long as you do it on a regular basis. Remember, open and close those valves at least 4 times a year, or a little more often if you have flotsam and jetsam.