SALTY OR SWEET?
Can I put an aluminum boat such as a Lund in saltwater? If so, what are the
safeguards other than a freshwater wash-down? Dennis Ward
JOHN ADEY: Sure! If you’re trailering the boat or leaving it in the water for short periods
(a week on vacation may be OK) and you rinse it with lots of low-pressure water, it should be
fine. If you use a power washer, do a thorough low-pressure rinse first, then follow up with
pressure to remove dirt and grime (power washers push the salts into seams and crevices on
an aluminum hull and can cause long-term issues). Give your trailer the same treatment as
well. If this is permanent season-long use, you may need a professional. There are multistep
processes to bottom paint an aluminum hull, requiring the right prep followed by the right
primer followed by the right paint. Copper bottom paint will attack the aluminum galvanically unless the right procedures are used. Some manufacturers say the bottom is paint ready
and recommend a type of paint to use. Check with Lund; you might be able to do it yourself.
Enjoy the saltwater.
I’d like to safely plug my Guest dual-bank charger into 30-amp shore power while at the dock
to keep my batteries charged overnight. I do not have other AC power needs. How can I do
this economically? Robert Pietrantonio
DON CASEY: If you have no shore-power
system, and no AC wiring, the easiest and saf-est way to plug in a single 120-volt appliance,
whether it’s the charger you want to leave
on or a power tool you need for a repair, will
be to buy a 30-amp to 15-amp adapter with
an integral ground-fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI). Both Marinco and Hubbell make
these. The one from Marinco will set you
back about $90, the Hubbell version a little
more, but with either you can safely bring
the power aboard with a heavy-duty 15-amp
exterior power cord. Be sure not to exceed
15 amps draw and find a way to run the cord
aboard the closed boat that prevents it from
being pinched, strained, or submersed.
WHERE TO TIE UP?
I keep my 48-foot Sea Ray on the St. Johns
River, Florida. There are private day markers
showing the entrance to the marina. They’re
approximately six feet above water. If a hur-
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