I have a question for all you saltwater guys

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Slimcobra, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    87
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    For all of you that trailer and boat in saltwater. After each outing do you just flush the motor, flash motor and hose off the boat, or flush motor and wash the entire boat with soap?
     
  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    I have a couple of Seadoos that we use in salt. I flush them with Salt-away through the motor and all over the boat as well. I flush them after every single use and I clean them before putting them away.

    Josh
     
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  3. SloBurn

    SloBurn Member

    768
    May 30, 2013
    Greenwood Lake, NY
    1994 270 Sundancer. 7.4L Merc. Tow with a 2006 Dodge RAM Hemi
    340 HP Merc 454 c.i.
    I flush the motor and hose down the entire boat. No soap, as I'm usually at the launch ramp and don't want it getting into water. I usually wipe down boat with wet rag while hosing off.
     
  4. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

    424
    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa
    Saltwater guy here. After every outing I flush the motor for 15 mins (half with open exhaust, half with closed). We also wash the boat with a soap/wax (I use Orpine) and a brush. Every. Single. Time. After a few years we've got it down. We can wash, flush, and cover the boat in about thirty minutes. A little bit of preventative work like that will go a long way.
     
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  5. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    148
    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Flush engine on hose and muffs for about 15 mins at 1300rpm and also be washing down entire boat inside and out with soap/wax. Let boat dry for 1 day and then put the bow and cockpit covers back on the next day.
     
  6. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    87
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    I have been washing mine down every time but didn't know if I was going to far. The weekend after I got my boat I spent hours cleaning it but didn't have a cover on it. What a waste of time! This winter when it cools down and we aren't taking it out this weekend I will detail the heck out of it again now that I have a cover for it. The next step is figuring out how to get the old name off the boat. They painted it on and I hoping that a buffing compound will take it out. Thanks for the input.
     
  7. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    try the 3M eraser wheel
     
  8. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    87
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    I thought that only worked on vinyl?
     
  9. kiloil

    kiloil Member

    190
    Sep 15, 2013
    Tallahassee, Florida
    2015 25' SLX 8.2L-SOLD
    BOATLESS
    All of the time with no exceptions, even when I had a kidney stone that popped up by GOD we still washed the boat with soap, water and rinsed the engine out. We also wipe down the vinyl as well with a protectant.
     
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  10. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    143
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    My 240 sundeck gets lifted out of the water, engine flushed and washed every time we get back from a ride.
     
  11. Slimcobra

    Slimcobra Member

    87
    Aug 14, 2017
    Port St. John, FL
    2000 Sea Ray 210 SunDeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 w/ Alpha 1 Gen 2
    I have never heard of Salt Away. I think I'll be picking some up this weekend.
     
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  12. somefun

    somefun Member

    52
    Aug 26, 2016
    Puyallup, Wa
    2007 250 SLX - Tow Vehicle 2002 Silverado 2500HD
    496 Mag, Bravo III
    I've been using Salt Away for a couple of years with Jetskis, and have also used it on my boat the times I've been in the salt water. Seems to be really good stuff!
     
  13. floriduramax1

    floriduramax1 Active Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Florida
    280DA, Magic Tilt triple axle, 2006 GMC 2500 D/A
    T4.3/ Alpha
    Complete flush and wash everytime! Muffs on engines for 20 mins. I made a custom connection to connect water hose to generator and air conditioner at same time. While they are running and flushing, it allows me to clean cabin in the cooled air!
     
  14. SeaVette

    SeaVette New Member

    14
    Sep 29, 2009
    Foley Al.
    1999 210 BR follows behind a 05 Tahoe SOLD
    Now have 2008 205 Sport
    5.0 L EFI
    More important, flush off the trailer.
     
  15. LawyerMan

    LawyerMan Member

    424
    Jul 12, 2012
    Texas Gulf Coast
    270 SLX w/ Sport Arch
    496 Mag DTS, Bravo III, Corsa
    Not "more important." Maybe equally important.
     
  16. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Was moving our last boat south - met up with @mquiet and @bahamabreisus on the trip. They both swore about the effectiveness of SaltAway.

    I bought a spray gun at West Marine, had a cup you filled with SaltAway kind of like a yard sprayer.

    Would spray down the boat, wait a few minutes then rinse, totally cleaned up the salt. Big believer in the product.

    Mark
     
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  17. JimmyDubai

    JimmyDubai Member

    349
    Oct 13, 2015
    Dubai, UAE
    Sundancer 290 1996, one big block Mercruiser 7.4 LT
    Simrad Go9 XSE + 3G radar
    One, Mercruiser 7.4 V8, 310 HP
    I have the "luxury" of having a cleaner in the marina (including in the annual fee) so the boat is cleaned outside once a week at least. Engine flush is done by me after every trip (just fresh water).
     
  18. mquiet

    mquiet Member

    980
    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    Mark, thanks for the props (get it). I am a huge fan of Saltaway. I use after every trip once we put the boat into the slip. I spray and so not rinse so the product will work into every spot that salt can penetrate. I also mix 5water/1product and spray engine room to prevent salt adhering.
     

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