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  1. We have always kept our boat on a lift out of the brackish water at out current house, however my wife and I may be moving into a condo with a marina on a salt water lagoon, just a couple hundred yards from the ocean and I will have to keep my boat in pure ocean water year round. My mechanic told me that my current outdrives (Volvo Penta DPS) which are nine years old won't last but about two years in that environment even with a functioning Mercathode System and zinc anodes. He says the aluminum outdrives with the stainless steel props will just eat themselves up (I'm paraphrasing). I know there are several boaters here that keep their boats in salt water in this forum and I would really value your input. Is my mechanic exaggerating or is he on point? Is there anything I can do to prolong the outdrives? Is there an outdrive I can install when these need to be replaced that will hold up to salt water? My only alternative is to (God forbid) sell my Chap and switch to another brand because Chaparral doesn't make inboards or v-drives. Thanks in advance... WAB
  2. I have a 2011 Sunesta 264 with 8.2 Mercruiser with Bravo III drive..I have been plagued with stern drive corrosion for two years. Keep it in the Allegheny River in a slip at the yacht club. Change anodes every year (fresh water-magnesium). Have repainted the out drive last year before season....still corroded by the end of the season. Sanded and painted lower unit again this year before season...primed and painted with Mercruiser products....pulled it out last week and again, significant corrosion and pitting on the lower unit. Is there any way to check the Mercathode system? Mercruiser suggests maybe a SECOND Mercathode system is needed. I don't know how to check the water around my slip for electrical potential. Thanks
  3. Recently bought our 2009 270 Signature and noticed the anodes on the trim tabs look worn. Here's our dilemna regarding replacement.... April through October the boat sits on the trailer and spends 2 or 3 weekends (including long weekends)/month in the water at a freshwater spring in Florida. November until April the boat sits on our boat lift and is used in our freshwater lake (may have minimal brackish content), but we have access over a dam to Tampa Bay and may boat in salt water either for day trips or a weekend or 3-4 days in the salt water maybe 6-7 trips/year in salt water. We have stainless steel props. Based on my research, Magnesium/Aluminum alloy is best in freshwater, but how detrimental will it be for the half a year we may be out for 3 days in saltwater, will it work in saltwater to avoid corrosion? Since the boat is either on the trailer or on the lift when not in use, is it really that big an issue or are we making it into a bigger issue? Can we get away with the Mg for all of it? The outdrives and trim tabs are in pristine condition and would like to keep them that way. (Would upload pics if I could get this site to cooperate....) http://www.boatzincs.com/pdfs/Chart_B-Which_Anodes_Should_I_Use.pdf Any help or experience you have to offer is much appreciated!
  4. This is our 2nd Chaparral. We bought another one because our 1st one was so good. We are beginning to think we got a deal too good to be true. We bought a 2007 bow rider in 2010 with only 13hrs. but ever since we have had it, there have been problems. We are on our 3rd starter due to corrosion. After we replaced the 1st one, they found a leak merccruiser replaced the whole engine last year. However after that the starter went out for the 2nd time before Memorial Day this year, we got a new one and used it one time and now it is corroded again. It wasn't run for 5 weeks since Memorial Day. We didn't see any visible water in the engine. Has anyone else had this problem or does anyone have any ideas?
  5. This is our 2nd Chapparal. We bought another one because our 1st one was so good. We are beginning to think we got a deal too good to be true. We bought a 2007 bow rider in 2010 with only 13hrs. but ever since we have had it, there have been problems. We are on our 3rd starter due to corrosion. After we replaced the 1st one, they found a leak merccruiser replaced the whole engine last year. However after that the starter went out for the 2nd time before Memorial Day this year, we got a new one and used it one time and now it is corroded again. It wasn't run for 5 weeks since Memorial Day. We didn't see any visible water in the engine. Has anyone else had this problem or does anyone have any ideas?
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