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cmarques posted 06-17-2003 10:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for cmarques   Send Email to cmarques  
I'm going to be in Marathon in the Florida Keys next week for 5-6 days. Going to Have my Dauntless 160 in the water docked at the motel we're staying at. Are there any things I need to do to the motor/boat to prevent any problems? The motor has a freshwater flush fitting on it- should I do anything while the boat is in the water daily or only flush once back on the trailer? Will tilting the motor out of the water be any benefit- I've only had the boat in saltwater overnight 1 time and flushed on the trailer at home. Has anyone ever used products like salt-away flushed through afterwards or know if they are any good? We're going down with 3 boats for the week- my Dauntless 160 and 2 1966 Bertram 20's- should have a great time!
jaccoserv posted 06-17-2003 11:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
What a question... No you don't have to do anything special, it's saltwater not sulphuric acid. Tip the motor up to avoid any growth. Flush it if it gives you peace of mind.
jimh posted 06-18-2003 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I think it is a fair question. I never had a boat in salt water until last fall when we trailered our 20-Revenge to coastal NC for a week of vacation.

I ran the engines on a hose and muffs after we hauled it out. I also sprayed down the trailer and flushed the brakes.

Chronic freshwater-only boaters do tend to think of salt water as supheric acid!

hooter posted 06-18-2003 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
If it'll give any peace of mind, Ah've been trippin' to salty ports and leavin' the Whaler berthed at a marina or dock for a week or so at a time for years. Never noticed any resultant problems whatsoever, other than Ah tend to wake up with a headache after a night of particularly salty margaritas while Ah'm in port mahself.

To inhibit marine growth, you might make sure you've got a fresh coat o' wax on that hull and lower unit before you go, and be sure t'leave the motor tiped out o'the water over night, when she's not runnin', that is. Flush her good when you get home. Have fun, and don't worry.

Tom2697 posted 06-18-2003 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
You do not have to worry about letting your boat sit in the water for 5-6 days. Tip your motor out of the water and you'll be fine. As for flushing after each use, do it if it makes you happy but it is not needed. I'll flush mine (in the water) if I plan on letting it sit for a week or so. Using it daily, I don't worry about it. I've never tried that salt-away stuff so I don't have an opinion.

Regarding growth on the hull, I would be surprised if you even start to get algae on the hull in that amount of time. If you do, pressurewash it once you take it out.

Enjoy your trip!!!

Fbray posted 06-18-2003 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fbray  Send Email to Fbray     
I assume that you are intending to keep the boat in the water for the season, not just a few days. If so, you will need to paint the bottom of the boat with anit-fouling paint in order to slow down the build up of marine growth. Even with that you will need to haul it out and clean the bottom after a month or so or you will not be able to plane. Also, you may want to consider installing zincs on your trim tabs --especially if you are going to dock it at a marina where boats pug into shore power. Keep the engine up with the prop out of the water.
Fbray posted 06-18-2003 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fbray  Send Email to Fbray     
Disregard my response. I misread and assumed you were going to keep it in salt water for a longer period than a few days. FB
lhg posted 06-18-2003 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Depending on the water quality where you dock, you may have a some yellow/brownish staining on the hull. Have some Starbrite Instant Hull cleaner available for this condition. Just wipe it on and rinse, and the yellow will disappear.

If you get any lime/calcium water spotting/build-up on the SS or Chrome, a little Lime-Away bathroom cleaner will cut it quickly. Otherwise, soap will get it off the boat in general. After a week or two in the salt environment, just rinsing a boat down does not cut this salt film deposit. Soaping down is required once a week.

jaccoserv posted 06-18-2003 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
With all due repect, do not worry about anything happening to your boat, motor or metal. I understand that everyone means well but if you're like me you'll be worrying while on vacation about chronic staining or lime deposits, you won't be able to tell it was even in salt water. Remember whalers were designed in and for salt water.

Lhg is right about the spots on the metal and needing soap, but you can worry about that later, there will not be any lime deposits on metal.

cmarques posted 06-18-2003 11:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Thanks for all the opinions- gonna throw a coat of wax on saturday before going and not too worried about any staining- the boat looks awful when pulled out of the St.John's river around here and always cleans up to new. I've used it in both fresh and salt a number of times but not for any length of time. Hope to post some pictures when I return- probably one of the only Dauntless 160's with 15' Lee outriggers spread out!

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