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    Moving to Florida from Nebraska. I own a 26ft day cruiser with a BBC and a Berkley pump w/ alum. imp. Is there anything I should know about or do to my float before I dip it in salt water???? Not necessarily the Ocean, but I assume some of the lakes and rivers (Indian River) have a little salt mixed in with it...


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    I would think you'd wanna look into an anode/cathode deal for around the jet pump to help with corrosion. I've never seen one on a jet but all the whackers I've ever looked at had them. I was in Fort Lauderdale for a week and wished I had my jetboat for all the intercoastal waterways. It was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeggo View Post
    I would think you'd wanna look into an anode/cathode deal for around the jet pump to help with corrosion. I've never seen one on a jet but all the whackers I've ever looked at had them. I was in Fort Lauderdale for a week and wished I had my jetboat for all the intercoastal waterways. It was awesome.
    I Know right!!!! Jet boaters dream... Thanks for reply!

    Any idea bout the engine...particularly the cooling system...


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    You could always go closed cooling using a heat exchanger. Or flush everything out thoroughly after

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    Yeah...
    Salt-Away Engine Flushing ...
    ...Why didn't I think of that!!


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    I just thought a hose fitting to flush the engine. maybe a hosedown thru the pump.

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    I doubt you can flush it enough to keep the salt or brackish water from eating up all your metal parts in time. I think if you like your motor, convert it to a closed cooling system and just deal with the pump as best you can by flushing.

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    We Have customers world wide who operate thier Jets in Salt and Brackish waters , flushing/rinsing seems to be key to sucess (immediatly after use) Saltaway (or equivelant) is good stuff Good Luck on your move ! Tom

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    Good advice ALL...Thanks for the replies!

    Thanks Tom...I'm sure we'll need all the luck we can get


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    Nelson, With that size boat I have to ask if you plan to leave it in the water or take it out after each trip. Leaving it in the salt water opens up a whole new set of issues you need to deal with.

    I have boated in salt/brackish water all my life, always storing the boat on the trailer between uses. The salt does awful to anything metal in the boat, and your best defense is to clean and flush everything as soon as you can after each use - especially raw aluminum. My jet has held up well with flushing. I don't have an aluminum intake on my boat engine but have seen others use them without too much issue. Eventually the salt corrosion will get to everything, but that is the price you pay for enjoying your hobby and passion.

    Leaving the boat in the water will cause you to figure out how to deal with electrolysis. This is a situation where electrical currents flow through the salt water and errode your nice metal parts. I have seen huge holes eaten into 1.5 insh stainless prop shafts in a mater of weeks. Even if your boat is perfect, a fault or issue with the wiring in another persons boat or dock wiring can cause the currents and damage your boat as well. The outdrive manufacturers have learning how to protect thier drives for years(decades). Jet drive manufactureres have not even thought about how to fight this problem. Proper bonding and use of anodes (often called 'zincs') helps but is more complicated than that.

    I hope you are going to trailer the boat so you won't have to deal with the electrolysis problems. Remeber to clean and wax all the hardware and hull frequently and flush hull, engine and drive as soon as you are done boating each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real McCoy View Post
    Nelson, With that size boat I have to ask if you plan to leave it in the water or take it out after each trip. Leaving it in the salt water opens up a whole new set of issues you need to deal with.

    I have boated in salt/brackish water all my life, always storing the boat on the trailer between uses. The salt does awful to anything metal in the boat, and your best defense is to clean and flush everything as soon as you can after each use - especially raw aluminum. My jet has held up well with flushing. I don't have an aluminum intake on my boat engine but have seen others use them without too much issue. Eventually the salt corrosion will get to everything, but that is the price you pay for enjoying your hobby and passion.

    Leaving the boat in the water will cause you to figure out how to deal with electrolysis. This is a situation where electrical currents flow through the salt water and errode your nice metal parts. I have seen huge holes eaten into 1.5 insh stainless prop shafts in a mater of weeks. Even if your boat is perfect, a fault or issue with the wiring in another persons boat or dock wiring can cause the currents and damage your boat as well. The outdrive manufacturers have learning how to protect thier drives for years(decades). Jet drive manufactureres have not even thought about how to fight this problem. Proper bonding and use of anodes (often called 'zincs') helps but is more complicated than that.

    I hope you are going to trailer the boat so you won't have to deal with the electrolysis problems. Remeber to clean and wax all the hardware and hull frequently and flush hull, engine and drive as soon as you are done boating each time.

    Good luck
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    Thanks Doug... Yes I will be storing it on the trailer! My plan is to flush/clean after every use as to slow the corrosion issues down. I understand that one can not get 100% away from that...(ever seen an airplane, on the inside, that comes from any place with humidity issues...NOT good at all)

    Thanks again for your knowledge/advice/wisdom!!!!


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