Ft Myers Yacht and Ship is rotten plumbing/safety

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7 years 2 weeks ago #2585 by George Myers
Even the cheapest houseboat ever built has thru hulls--- Not this Brewer 12.8 just look at the attached photo of the removed seacocks. See the plastic junk screwed into the bottom!
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7 years 2 weeks ago #2586 by Gerry O'Donoghue
George

Very interesting. They went to the expense of installing WC sea-cocks and obviously bolted them into the hull. Obviously they were out of through hulls at the time and some genius came up with the solution of installing plastic pipe as a work around. Maybe with the intention of installing proper through hulls later (I'm giving yards more credit that they generally deserve). This is why I recommend a full survey of even new build boats. This should have been picked up by even a cursory inspection of the hull. It does show the benefit of having your sea-cocks bolted through the hull that this worked for 30+ years.

Anyone owners concerned should just take a swim over the side and feel for the mushroom flange which in proud of the hull. I doubt that this practice is widespread.

Just for anyone following this thread, this is a through hull.
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7 years 2 weeks ago #2587 by George Myers
You may be correct-- However to install and caulk they sawed a larger hole than required---- the new marelon thru hulls have only a 1/8 grip all around the hole. BTW-- "built to a price point" translation generally means "Hope you die at sea" LOL

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2 weeks 2 days ago #3703 by Mike Loesch
Just joining the forum and reading through all of the topics on here. I know this is an old post but I wanted to share that I am finding the exact same thing on my Brewer 44. My reaction was the same (i.e. "What the hell????") I bought the boat at the end of 2023 and just recently had her hauled in order to replace two of the eight seacocks that were noted on the survey as "should be replaced." After removing the layers of bottom paint around where I thought the thru hull would be I was surprised to find a plastic pipe sitting flush with the hull surrounded by at least an eighth of an inch of sealant (5200?). Needless to say, I am replacing all of the other "thru hulls" that are not obviously true bronze thru hulls. I initially thought that the PO must have had these replaced in some third world country but now, after reading the above story, I am shocked to learn that this is how she came out of the factory back in '88. I'll take some photos and post them here so people can see a little bit better what I'm talking about.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #3704 by Mike Loesch
As promised, here are a few pics of the thru hulls after I pulled them from the boat. It was a pain in the butt to get them out, as you can see from the chisel and cut marks.
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