One the main advantages of having an outboard, they say, is that you can tilt it up and out of the water after use. But the slip I'm in is very tight and even if I take off my bow pulpit I will not fit in the slip with the engine up. So, it looks like I"m keeping my new 300HP Verado in the salt. Some have advised putting a trashcan around it every six months with fresh water and mild bleach. Others have said to just let the cleaning service take care of it. But I wonder about growth in all those tight hard to reach spots . . . and, if it even matters as along as the boat is tended to monthly by an underwater cleaning service. It's sure a shame to keep such a nice engine in the salt. But really, if monthly maintenance is done, what are the problems I may encounter, and what could I do to lengthen the life of the engine? Cheers guys. See you all out on the water.