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fresh vs saltwater on my boat
I have an aluminum Tracker boat with a 40hp 2 stroke and a 9.9hp 4 stroke as a kicker. What concerns should I have if I decide to put it in the Pueget Sound outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. I don't believe the swells of the ocean in the sound are any different than that of a large lake, since it is protected by a couple of large islands. Would running saltwater through my engines ruin them, or as long as I rinse them out there should be no problem.Thanks in advance for any info or comments you can provide me with.

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Re: [jekern1015] fresh vs saltwater on my boat In reply to
When I was a teenager, we went out with a guide salmon fishing in an aluminum boat (I would guess about 14' long) off of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. When the tide changed it was amazing to see the power of the current. The water started bubbling around us and there were large ships passing by in the bay that were being tossed back and forth by the movement of that water. I would check with the locals where you launch to make sure that is not a big concern and if it is to plan accordingly.


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Hi Jekern1015, my folks have spent each summer the past 11 years on the north side of Vancouver Island fishing for halibut and salmon mostly. The first 3 years was with a small aluminum boat. While the swells even in Pugent sounds can be much larger than most lakes other than perhaps the great lakes you can still have allot of fun with a small boat. You just have to be very careful and ultra respective of the weather as you wouldn't want to spend very much time trying to stay afloat in that 48 deg water.
Regarding your motors you may want to check with the manufacturer but for most there should be no issues. One thing I would recommend is that you put new annodes on both motors and your boat (if it has one) as the salt water will corrode these very quickly, but that's what they're designed for, keeping those bad ions away from the rest of your motor. Flushing with fresh water when you pull it out or finish your trip about wraps it up.
The last and most important item is to catch some fish and enjoy that beautiful ocean up there! Make sure you post a report with lots of pics when you get back.


"Sunrise is always best on the water."
Todd Hall
Utah Disabled Veterans Fishing Foundation ><((((º>
Director
Anything Wet Fishing Team
(This post was edited by WET1 on May 1, 2012, 7:50 AM)

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I ran a boat in the salt water exclusively for 14 years with few problems. The best advice I can give you is this: As soon as you get the boat out of the water, wash it liberally with hot soapy water...everywhere.

Salt water will make stainless steel rust if it's not washed off. Not too many manufacturers produce high enough quality stainless to resist the salt. Get the salt off your hull ASAP as well. After every trip, I used to flush the motor with fresh water (with the rubber ears that attach to the hose end) until the motor was warmed up and full of water. Then I would disconnect the spigot end of the hose and squirt in about 8 oz of dishwasher detergent, hook the hose back up and turn the water on low (enough to keep up with the water pump) watch the pee hole on the motor to make sure it getting enough water. Start the motor back up and let it run until the detergent is run out. I did this every trip and after years of salt water use, my mechanic told me my motor looked new inside when he pulled a head off. When we sold it, the motor had over 1100 hours on it.
Also, try to avoid getting salt water on any exposed wiring and terminals. Salt water is the kiss of death to electrical terminals.

Lastly, don't be complacent about the ocean. Even protected waters can humble you in a hurry. Good luck.

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What JustJim said! Rinse, Rinse, Rinse. Your tackle, your boat, your motor, anything outside or in the boat. Lightly spray your reels and rods every day.

As for the motor, I used to run fresh water through mine about once a week when I guided in the Florida Keys and kept my boat in the water 24/7. Take off the cowling and spray the whole outside of the motor with corrosion guard too. Spray every electrical connection with something too. I used Corrosion X. And like he said, "stainless" steel will rust right before your eyes! Rinse, rinse, rinse.

It will be worth it if you can get into some fish up there. Wonderful fishing grounds!


Jim
http://www.fishflaminggorge.com
www.lakersaver.com


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For all your electrical connections try No Ox grease. You can find it in the electrical supply section of Lowes or Home Depot. It is fatastic stuff and will protect all your connections from corrosion.


"Sunrise is always best on the water."
Todd Hall
Utah Disabled Veterans Fishing Foundation ><((((º>
Director
Anything Wet Fishing Team