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in Florida, for example, is very different
than the Northeast or Pacific Coasts.
FIBERGLASS/WOOD: Salt is an abrasive, so don’t expect the shine or polish on
your hull to last as long as it did in your
freshwater days. Salt, coupled with foot
traffic, is also more likely to scratch the
deck. Dry crystals also act as miniature
magnifying lenses for the sun and will
damage brightwork if they’re not washed
off with freshwater.
Marine-grade quality counts. Automotive-grade
hardware, popularly used in inland areas,
won’t last long in Florida waters. “It
might work on Lake Ontario but it’s not
going to work on the Gulf of Mexico,”
Sherman says. The corrosion can also
lead to unsightly brown rust weeping
from mounting screws.
Salt in the bilge is more corrosive
than freshwater to metal and electrical
connections, so keep the bilge as dry as
possible. Bilge-pump connections in particular may corrode quickly, and you may
need to reseal them.
Don’t forget the trailer
Saltwater trailer boaters dunk their rig every time they launch, and again when they retrieve. Although the expo- sure to seawater is relatively brief, trailers need the same
freshwater wash down as the boats they transport.
FRAME: Boat-trailer frames are constructed of either galvanized
steel or aluminum, with the latter being far more resistant to saltwater corrosion.
HARDWARE: The hardware that bolts the aluminum frames
together, however, should be made from stainless steel rather than
galvanized. Corrosion will occur quicker with cheaper materials.
BRAKES: Drum brakes are less expensive to install and cheaper
to maintain than disc brakes, but their design allows water to
pool inside the drum every time it’s submerged and will remain there until it evaporates.
Specially designed flush kits are recommended and will extend the life of your drum
brakes. Disc brakes, on the other hand, can be accessed and flushed easier.
MAINTENANCE: When the day on the water ends, wash down the boat and trailer as
soon as possible (within a few hours at least). When the boat is clean, move onto the
trailer. Hose down the trailer frame and hardware, lights, under the wheel fenders and
axle underneath. Give extra attention to the brakes, springs, wiring connectors, and other
vulnerable areas. A dab of silicone grease can keep connectors from corroding. Visual
inspection of your trailer should be a routine, checking for worn parts, rust, and corrosion — and don’t forget the trailer lights. Besides a rinse after each launch, periodically
remove the lenses and check for signs of corrosion. — R.A.
Once you get
home, pop a
under your rig
for a thorough
those hard-to-reach areas of