In your case I, too, would opt for, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Then again, you should be able to just unscrew the ball valve from the glassed-in through-hull without disturbing the fiberglass. Then disassemble the valve, clean it up and reassemble if it looks good, which I suspect it is. Mine had become difficult to operate and the clean up has them like new. Will definitely do this every decade or so.
Craig Briggs, SN#68, back in Ft Pierce, FL
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Hi James thanks for your thoughts on his and although I'm new to the amel family I'd agree that the original fittings seem really top quality
I'm assuming I would leave the original bronze(?) glassed in hull fitting but wondering about replacing just the valve which I believe is non marine.
I'll have the boat out of the water over the Christmas period so wondering if I should lol to replace these ball valves at that point. Given they look so newly fitted and in good shape i suspect I'll vote for the lazy option!
All the very best and thanks for your input on this