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I know there are alot of threads on this but I am still unclear on how often to flush after salt water boating.   If I go to San Destin, FL for the week, do I need to flush everyday after I use the boat, or after a week, do a thorough flushing at home?

Also, when you boat out of town, do you rent a slip or trailer every day?   Are most slips in areas like San Destin FL secure?   If you trailer at a resort, you need to worry about the prop, cushions, speakers, etc but it is better than getting your whole boat stolen.

I bought a mint 2012 216 SSI with only 60 hours and it runs like a champ, so I don’t want to screw it up.   

Thanks

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Run it in fresh water ?   :)

We can not stop Nature completely............

Life is more about being very lucky.  And enjoying what should be FULLY enjoyed at the time.

People leave convertible cars top down.  Nothing happens.......... Others in locked garages are stolen.

You are worrying yourself to death.

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The few times I took my old boat into salt water I flushed every time. I was lucky, I took it off Savannah, Ga. and put in on a fresh water canal so most of it got flushed getting back to the ramp.

If worried about thieves you can either remove everything or get an alarm for your boat, had one in my old boat with a radar sensor.

I keep mine on a trailer, especially at places I don't know.

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I have a larger boat that is in a slip all the time.  As far as theft concern, I actually leave the boat open.  We have a removable face plate radio that we take with us if we are going to be away from the boat for a while.  Our marina is pretty safe and there is a lot of traffic by the staff at our end.  I figure there is nothing in the boat worth more than the broken door.  For a smaller boat, park it on a trailer, get an out drive locking nut, and remove any electronics if possible.  Also through a lock on the receiver hitch so it cant be hooked up to a tow vehicle.  Lastly, anything you do will just keep good people honest.  If someone really wants your stuff, they'll get it.  So get some insurance too.

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11 hours ago, SeanK said:

I know there are alot of threads on this but I am still unclear on how often to flush after salt water boating.   If I go to San Destin, FL for the week, do I need to flush everyday after I use the boat, or after a week, do a thorough flushing at home?

Also, when you boat out of town, do you rent a slip or trailer every day?   Are most slips in areas like San Destin FL secure?   If you trailer at a resort, you need to worry about the prop, cushions, speakers, etc but it is better than getting your whole boat stolen.

I bought a mint 2012 216 SSI with only 60 hours and it runs like a champ, so I don’t want to screw it up.   

Thanks

@jeffk boats out of Miami and knows all about FLA probably more than anyone else on this forum that I'm aware of.  Hopefully he gets this tag and gives you his advice.

I believe he "High & Dries" his sweet Signature 310 which could be a possibility for you.  Then you won't have to worry about thievery since it'll be stacked up on a rack that only jd50i with his special ops unit can get to. 

If you rent a slip and keep it in there, I would flush it out every day after you're done but only if you have a flush port on your motor.  Mercs don't have them (from what I understand and anyone can correct me if I'm wrong about that)  but Volvos do.  So that's a consideration you'll have to make.

If you have a Merc and can only flush with those painintheass muffs, then you'll have to pull it out on the trailer and flush it that way. 

Then if you have to trailer it back to the resort, talk to the hotel manager about either getting a good spot to park it where it would be on their CCTV security system or somewhere they can suggest it would be safe.  That's what I do whenever we take our boat to Cape Cod and that's no easy feat to park all 36ft of boat and trailer in a parking lot.  But we did it every day for a week and flushed it and put all the covers back on every time.  I also put a trailer hitch lock on like Roady68 suggested which will deter anyone who wants to drive off with the whole thing.  They're not 100% proof since anyone packing bolt cutters can snip that lock off in 1/2 second.  But it will certainly deter many.

3 hours ago, jd50i said:

or get an alarm for your boat, had one in my old boat with a radar sensor.

Boat alarm, I like that!  Can you give us some info on what you had?

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50 minutes ago, Hatem said:

@jeffk

Boat alarm, I like that!  Can you give us some info on what you had?

It was an old Alpine with a radar sensor, I think it was an 8070 but any alarm would work, just keep it in a dry place, my old boat was also a cuddy.

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41 minutes ago, jd50i said:

It was an old Alpine with a radar sensor, I think it was an 8070 but any alarm would work, just keep it in a dry place, my old boat was also a cuddy.

That's cool, thanks.  I'd like to get an alarm not necessarily for anti-thieving, but one that notifies my phone of something bad happening to the boat in the slip during storms and things of that sort.  Bilge pump not working and rain water filling the bilge, or a fire etc.  Marina is about 7 miles away, that would help give some peace of mind.

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Maybe a wireless home alarm with cellular auto dialer to call you when alarm is triggered. A float switch set slightly higher than your bilge switch to set the alarm off if water gets above bilge switch.

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Thanks for all the advice.   I always lock the hitch “closed” - even in the fully enclosed storage.   I figure I will make them work for it.   I was thinking also about getting one of those police boots for the wheel if ever I need to disconnect to go somewhere and leave boat at the resort.   Those only run $50-$100.   Figured that plus the hitch lock would be the best I can do.

Again, thanks for the advice.

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3 hours ago, jd50i said:

Maybe a wireless home alarm with cellular auto dialer to call you when alarm is triggered. A float switch set slightly higher than your bilge switch to set the alarm off if water gets above bilge switch.

Exactly.  Maybe a little 12vt sensor with a tiny  camera and a phone Ap baddabing baddaboom.

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You actually only need to flush your engine if you are pulling your boat out of the water.

My boat is kept in Hi and Dry

It is the combination of salt and air that causes the corrosion.

If you have a merc you can install a flushing line to make thing easier.

I did this years ago, it was accessed on the transom and made things real simple.

I am on the fence about flushing additives i.e.salt away, cant hurt but may be a waste of money.

Enjoy your boat...get some of that thin catfish a Mettendorfs on the Lake Ponchetrane!

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If your looking for a alarm system/camera and your club/marina has WiFi. I would look for something that would work with that. Cellular will cost you a lot more......

As to salt, been boat for the past 6 seasons in salt, never flush the engine and never had a problem. 

  

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7 hours ago, jeffk said:

You actually only need to flush your engine if you are pulling your boat out of the water.

My boat is kept in Hi and Dry

It is the combination of salt and air that causes the corrosion.

If I'm not mistaken, my Volvo manual says right under "FLUSHING THE ENGINE" to always flush the engine when in salt water.  I know, I know, all manufacturers go overboard to decrease their liability if anything becomes faulty but...they make it a point to have factory installed flush ports (unlike Mercury...hmm....) and they also make it a point when describing the need to flush the engine while the boat is in the slip if it's not hauled out, to lower the water pressure by 1/2 of what you normally would have it at while the boat is out of the water (which is pretty much almost at full pressure.)  The reason for the lower water pressure is not known to me but I will look it up.  Bottom line, there are areas that drain out once you shut the motor off such as the exhaust and risers where you need to run fresh water to rid the salt so that you don't get that scenario you mentioned, salt and air causing corrosion.

But on the other hand, I suppose no one can argue with anyone who's had successful results doing it a certain way for many years, as in never flushing.

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My mechanic down here is the V/P expert and actually volvos go to guy.

He said no need to flush when the boat stays in the water.

On the hand...it cant hurt.

I also have a closed system.

As far as the water pressure, I would not turn it down because everyone that comes to the dock and uses a hose will lower the water pressure.

I just polished today, the boat looks great....me not so much!

My Giant decal is looking real good on the back transom!

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40 minutes ago, jeffk said:

My mechanic down here is the V/P expert and actually volvos go to guy.

I doubt your mechanic can beat up my mechanic. 

42 minutes ago, jeffk said:

just polished today, the boat looks great....me not so much!

LOL!  That FLA weather can be tough sometimes. 

42 minutes ago, jeffk said:

My Giant decal is looking real good on the back transom!

I got a giant decal for you, pal.  A silver helmet with Elvis the Patriot on it. :D

 

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1 hour ago, jeffk said:

All I have to say is 17-1!

UGH, Giants fan even while rubbing it in you're short changing us by one win lol.

You know that still hurts even 10 years later?  It's subsided a bit considering the Giants have fallen on their face lol and the Pats are 2-1 in superbowls since.  But there are painful scars, no doubt.  :)

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While you are correct those two wins should have been losses.

That int at the goal may have been one of the worst calls in NFL history.

The falcon did an el foldo....all they had to do was run the ball.

You easily could have lost three super bowls..

But you didnt! I

I am somewhat jealous.

Doesn't Brady live in New York?

 

 

 

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43 minutes ago, jeffk said:

While you are correct those two wins should have been losses.

That int at the goal may have been one of the worst calls in NFL history.

The falcon did an el foldo....all they had to do was run the ball.

You easily could have lost three super bowls..

But you didnt! I

I am somewhat jealous.

Doesn't Brady live in New York?

Speaking of 'salty.'  :dancinguy:

Need a flushing, Jeff? :haha-7383:

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Grew up in Flushing!

As long as you dont lose to the Jets, I am ok with the Pats!

Nice day in sunny Florida, think I will leave early and go for a cruise!.....and flush!

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26 minutes ago, jeffk said:

Grew up in Flushing!

As long as you dont lose to the Jets, I am ok with the Pats!

Nice day in sunny Florida, think I will leave early and go for a cruise!.....and flush!

You should see Larry's new boat!  Wow!   340DA.  Monster.

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Sounds like an Ocean crosser to me!

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3 hours ago, jeffk said:

Sounds like an Ocean crosser to me!

I agree!  Except he's on the friggin' panhandle!!

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