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Old 10-14-2019, 08:23 AM
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I am bringing my freshwater Formula to the Gulf of Mexico/Pensacola. It will normally be in a lift at my dock/boat house.
If I do a few days of hopping around Florida and overnighting...how many days before I need to get her out of the water to clean the hull?
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:27 AM
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You will be fine for a couple weeks; especially if you are running the boat each day. Just make sure your Mercathode is operating correctly, and you have the proper zincs for salt water.
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Originally Posted by Sydwayz View Post
Just make sure your Mercathode is operating correctly, and you have the proper zincs for salt water.
Thanks...where do I find out about and test Mercathode and do you know the location of (the right) zincs on a Formula 311 with Bravos?
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https://boatzincs.com/ is where I bought all of my stuff over the years.

And I know the Mercathode testing and diagnostics has been covered here on OSO in the past; should come up in search.
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I don't know how severe the fouling properties are of the waters you're going to venture in are but I do know that where I am it's awful to the point that many paint manufacturers do secret testing out here. And the level of fouling varies with the seasons as well . We have no fresh water runoff areas or rivers draining into the water so it's extremely salty as well.
Based on what I've seen here 4 days is stretching it but your individual results may vary

The zinc anode advice is good too . I believe that Merc now recommends the aluminum anodes for salt water , unlike the old days where zincs were zinc . And make sure they're properly grounded as well , otherwise they're useless.
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Mine was just at ft Myers beach for 4 days. No issues. Also wouldn’t hurt if you’re going to be in marinas to grab the grouper looking anode that attaches right to battery as extra caution.
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I've had my unpainted hull in salt many at time for up to 8 days w/o any growth beyond the typical scum line.
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Originally Posted by Crude Intentions View Post
Mine was just at ft Myers beach for 4 days. No issues. Also wouldn’t hurt if you’re going to be in marinas to grab the grouper looking anode that attaches right to battery as extra caution.
We were also in the water in Fort Myers Beach for 4 days. Like to meet you sometime.
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