My new 300HP Verado must live in saltwater. Is it really that bad?

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  1. Mr Lingcod

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    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?

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    Cheers guys. See you all out on the water.
     
  2. willyok

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    I wouldn't feel good keeping it in water all the time if it were mine from a corrosion standpoint. Aluminum and salt water don't to well in the long run. Lots of I/O guys do it with proper paint applied. If it's an option, I would spend the money on a different slip.

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  3. Fishbones

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    It will look like your trim tab and transducer........ not to mention electrolysis....
     
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    Shewillbemine "should of" is NOT a thing

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    Plenty of old school saltwater guys keep their engines in saltwater. The rub is that your engine WILL look like the boats of old school saltwater guys.
     
  5. Willdoggy

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    Hell no! But if no alternative a big Rubbermaid plastic trash around lower unit sounds like a good option. Not sure about the bleach or at what concentration would you be hurting rubber gaskets and impeller? Some Saltaway for sure though. My 2 cents for your motor's life.
     
  6. Vigilant32

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    Not a very good idea I hope you can find a solution to keep it tilted up. It will kill a motor in 1/3 of normal time, imho
     
  7. gecsr1

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    simple , get a bigger slip and purchase a bottom liner, my boats been in a bottom liner since new and the bottom except for a little scum line looks like the day I first got my slip, it even cuts down on the electrolysis... never need a diver to clean the bottom, liner needs cleaning 3 times a year , no bottom paint, and better fuel mileage... its a no brainer in my opinion
    food for thought....:)
    good luck
     
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  8. Salty Paul

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    You need to install Anodes/Zincs on the trim tabs, that is a must.

    Salty Paul
     
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    Zincs the tabs and when painting near any metals with bottom paint I would put a gap 1/2 in between
     
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    You'll ruin that new motor you just installed if you leave it in the water 24/7....you're going to have to upgrade to a bigger slip in SB if you're dead set on keeping the boat in the water. Which isn't cheap in SB bc you don't just 'rent' the slip like you would in VTA or CI.

    Did you buy a slip without knowing how the LOA thing works in SB?

    They go tip to tip and not manufacturer's LOA.
     
  11. Mr Lingcod

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    I'm really just inches away. I thought with the pulpit customization I could find the space. I'm 3 inches off.

    After seeing what the summer did to my trim tabs (which now have zincs on them) I can fully imagine what will happen to that Verado. But I can't help but wonder how different this will be from the rest of the harbor that has inboards.
     
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    An outboard that needs to stay in the water..not right.
    Find a different slip where you can tilt it out of the water when not in use.
     
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    I'm the guy that always says saltwater isn't that bad. I never flush my outboards and haven't had any issue. BUT I would NEVER consider leaving the engine down in the salt for extended periods to save some money on slip rent. You need a bigger slip, or a dry storage option to protect your investment. Sorry for the bad news.
     
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    3inches or 2ft...it doesn't matter with SB Harbor Patrol.

    For one, the outdrives on the I/O boats are painted with antifouling paint before they are slipped, so at the very least you'd have to do the same with your OB. It's also ALOT cheaper to replace the outdrive that it would be for you to replace your OB.

    I would never leave an OB in the water 24/7
     
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    Remove your pulpit! At least u can raise the motor a little more
     
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    Just take your motor off after each trip.
     
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    It's 3 inches over with the pulpit off.
     
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    well I guess it is bigger slip time.....
     
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    Could you install a small hydraulic jack plate? Minimal trimming if any. Just a thought might work.
     
  20. Mr Lingcod

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    Indeed. Thanks for the info. What do you think about the liners with the
    I'm with you. I think leaving it in the water would be pretty bad: not just the prop, but the entire lower unit, cooling system, gears, are all in the salt. Not good.

    I'd rather go for a bigger slip than a hoist, I think. But something that has really presented itself as a good option is a protective canvas with chlorine. There's a company called Armored Hull out of San Diego.

    http://armoredhull.com/ (I don't know. I've seen some guys use stuff like this)

    Pros: Way less growth, way more protection from electrolysis. Cheap option.

    Cons: Engine is still in the salt water, but with the chlorine it would ideally stop growth.

    What do you think?
     

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