LOL, maybe he felt that he had to recommend something, to make his job more appreciated. I would have understood if he asked to replace a plastic seacock attached to a bronze strainer, but the other way round is perfectly OK imho - particularly with smallish diameters. Anyhow, a bronze strainer doesn't hurt, of course! Just one question on the Lasdrop seal, did you chose it based on some previous good experiences, or any other reasons? I'm only asking because I read about them on some magazine, but yours is the first boat I've ever seen with their seals actually installed. Maybe it's just because they don't have any representation in Europe. Well, not that I'm aware of, at least. Clean job anyhow, well done! Can't wait to see your seatrial report.