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Old 01-13-2011, 12:05 PM
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I bring my boat home, flush both engines thoroughly with Salt-A-Way. I spend a lot of time spraying down the outdrives and making sure I get in every nook and cranny that i can see. I spray the entire trailer with special attention on the brakes.

Salt water isn't going to hurt "the hull". Salt water just doesn't play well with metals. HOWEVER, it is salt water - not ACID. Alot of the boats in our area are used exclusively in salt water and I would bet they are as clean as ANY boats in the world.
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Little tip Joey Impressica once told me. Don't soap it down every time. Water will get most of the salt off. If you soap your boat down every time you're removing layers of wax. In turn, your left with more water marks and sludge marks. I soap my boat down once every 2 weeks , roughly 4 outings. Always clean and condition your interior heavily. Use two step waxes, oxidation removers followed by pure wax applications. That'll reduce the removal of wax by the soap downs. Definitely use CRC on all transom equipment. Just give your trailer a nice soap down. If it begins to age use SOS pads and a water for a quick scrub down. Makes it like new takes 30 minutes (30 foot trailer)
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If you have a boxed steel painted trailer unless its sealed & pressurized, it won't last long in salt water!
I can vouch for that. The pile of crap boxed steel trailer that came with my Nordic boat started rusting the first day. All my other boats after that had aluminum I beam trailers...I'll never get anything else.
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This isn't saltwater specific advice!
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I can vouch for that. The pile of crap boxed steel trailer that came with my Nordic boat started rusting the first day. All my other boats after that had aluminum I beam trailers...I'll never get anything else.
My Myco boxed steel held up fine for the years i had it, but i did wash it every time it was in salt.

Tom who has Hot For Teacher still has his original Myco trailer and it also looks great.
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I can vouch for that. The pile of crap boxed steel trailer that came with my Nordic boat started rusting the first day. All my other boats after that had aluminum I beam trailers...I'll never get anything else.
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My Myco boxed steel held up fine for the years i had it, but i did wash it every time it was in salt.
I was as meticulous about my trailer as I was my boat, even tried rinsing the inside from the drain holes which got about 10% of the inside box. Started rusting the first time in salt water, all the little paint chips started rusting and so did the inside of the box.

The trailer became worthless in three years, the new owner had to replace it because it barely made the trip to his house. What a pile of sh!t. NEVER AGAIN.

IT was basically a fresh water boat and trailer, both didn't like the salt, the boat from a design perspective and the trailer from a rust perspective. Live and learn.
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If you have a boxed steel painted trailer unless its sealed & pressurized, it won't last long in salt water!
+1 my boat is fine. My trailer is only 6 years old and looks 20 years old.

What else can you do with a boxed steel trailer? Just write it off as junk? How can you prevent water from entering?
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