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    Water shut-off valve for towing?

    I want to fit a shut off valve in my water intake line. If I ever have to be towed with no engine I can easily turn off the incoming water supply. Honda FX12

    Any idea what size the pipe is and the best valve to get so it will not move and close the water line by itself when bouncing around?

    Look forward to your answers, thanks.
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    Just pick up a set of these. May never need them and by installing a valve you're giving it 3 new points to fail/leak (2 connections and valve).

    http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-22850-Ho...F6FR6EXV5MFCFD

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    Great point donkey, also you may need to tow someone else's ski..unless you're towing allot like behind your yacht, I also recommend the pincher for emergency use. Can't remember where I got it but I pack this one, what ever you choose, just don't forget it's on...I say it only cause I've seen it

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    Thats a good point, thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Donkey View Post
    Just pick up a set of these. May never need them and by installing a valve you're giving it 3 new points to fail/leak (2 connections and valve).

    http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-22850-Ho...F6FR6EXV5MFCFD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Donkey View Post
    Is that the correct size for a watercraft feed shut-off hose pinch? Looks kinda small.

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    If you happen to recall where these can be purchased, please post up.
    If the size is right I think I would want to purchase several for myself.

    Is there a brand name or part number embossed on it anywhere?
    Quote Originally Posted by xxx2 View Post
    ... I also recommend the pincher for emergency use. Can't remember where I got it but I pack this one ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Donkey View Post
    Is that the correct size for a watercraft feed shut-off hose pinch? Looks kinda small.
    Good question, there are multiple sizes and styles of these hose pinchers and I've been planning to add these to my ride tool bag this year. These go up to 3/4"...anyone have the diameter of the cooling hose handy?

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    Make your own adjustable hose pincher for about $3.

    Small needle-nose vice grip from harbor freight, with pieces of hose slid over the business end.

    No need to make any changes to your ski. And you can use it on whichever ski needs to be towed.

    It's also a lot easier to install than the tool shown in previous posts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy_steven View Post
    Make your own adjustable hose pincher for about $3.

    Small needle-nose vice grip from harbor freight, with pieces of hose slid over the business end.

    No need to make any changes to your ski. And you can use it on whichever ski needs to be towed.

    It's also a lot easier to install than the tool shown in previous posts.


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    Primary downsides would be the weight of the vice-grip tool (have to pack it away somehow so it doesn't bang around) and potential for rust.

    I currently use a plastic plier/gripper device that can be locked closed. Works well enough, but something more compact would be even better.

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    My vice grip weighs 6 ounces. I keep it in my dry bag, so I have it regardless of which ski I take.

    If it rusts, I'll spring for the $2 to get a new one.

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