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Old 03-30-2009, 08:12 PM
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I live near saltwater and considered taking my fiberglass Stratos Bass Boat in the Sound. I have an Evinrude outboard motor and a MinKota trolling motor. I've heard opposing issues on taking a freshwater boat into saltwater.

What are the pros and cons of doing this. And are there any special things that have to be done before and after going into saltwater--except for flushing the engine on return? Really need opinions...

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I have seen quite a few bass boats in the sound over the past few years, so it can be done. As far as future issues I'm not sure. I would think that as long as you flushed the engine good and kept up the engine maintance that it would be ok.
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I would try to keep as much saltwater out of the bass boat as possible, if carpeted like mine, it will not last long.

Don't know what type of bass boat you have, some have wood floors under the carpet and some have alumium/medal decks......Certainly the saltwater will destoy the inside of the boat much faster than freshwater.

The Motor should be flushed, that's obvious.

What type of Trailer do you Have ?? Rims/Wheels, Axcles ???

I personally would never run my Bass Boat in saltwater, but thats me.

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If you have a painted steel trailer you will be buying a new one with in a year after submersion. My buddy can tell you all about that. Other than that the boat had no issues at all
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In addition to the boat concerns, I'm sure your trailer is painted and will rust in a heartbeat.

Personally, I wouldn't do it, but hey, that's just me. Lots of shiney objects and nooks and cranny's to get salt caught in.

If you do decide to do it, be sure and invest in some Salt-Away. Flush the engine with it and the entire boat and trailer. In fact, I'd hose the boat down with it after I launch the boat too.

Remember to flush out the livewells and baitwells too. They generally take water in through the thru-hulls whether you use them or not.

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I did it for years.Number one problem will be the trailer and the cheap chrome plated hinges they use on bass boats.Aslo,the trolling motor is not made for saltwater,but you can replace that over time.After every trip I spend 3-4 hours just washing fish scale out of the carpet,thats a bit-h!

Over al would I do it again? Hell yes!
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I figured with years of boating in wild conditions (Lake Winnipeg 5 foot short duration swells etc) I could take my 17.5 ft. aluminum walleye boat with a higher freeboard than your bass boat out west coast salmon fishing. Added downriggers etc.
Worked like a charm for a week or so, then while trolling a rogue wave going opposite to a 8kt. tide swamped the arse end with my wife and daughter on board. 1/2 the boat filled with water, no scuppers and a bilge pump meant to keep up with rain.
Cannon balls down, rods out ,stalled motor etc.
I got her going and dry, but she has never been the same since. Wiring shorting etc.
Be careful. Salt water boats have design features for a reason.
We have all seen 14 foot tiller Lunds or equivalent in the ocean, but not me again.
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[quote=BIG R JR;2249893]I would try to keep as much saltwater out of the bass boat as possible, if carpeted like mine, it will not last long.

Don't know what type of bass boat you have, some have wood floors under the carpet and some have alumium/medal decks......Certainly the saltwater will destoy the inside of the boat much faster than freshwater.

The Motor should be flushed, that's obvious.

What type of Trailer do you Have ?? Rims/Wheels, Axcles ???

I personally would never run my Bass Boat in saltwater, but thats me.

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Wood rot is a fungus that requires fresh water, oxygen, and reasonably moderate temperatures to survive, so wood saturated with salt water typically doesn't rot. It's a fiberglass boats ability to keep salt water out and freshwater in that promotes rot in the bilges of modern boats. Corrosion on the metals is another matter.
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I had a 88 Procraft bass boat that I regularly used in the salty stuff years ago. The biggest problem I had was the trailer. What I usually did was when I left the salt water location on the way home I would stop at a fresh water ramp and dunk the trailer as to give it a good rinse. Soap and water on the boat and flushing the motor took care of the rest. I never used the trolling motor in the salt water and I never had a problem. I kept the boat for 5 years. Sold it and the new owner still has it. I sold it in 1997. Guess it is not hurt too bad.
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If you have a painted steel trailer you will be buying a new one with in a year after submersion. My buddy can tell you all about that. Other than that the boat had no issues at all

I agree with that, I had a small bass boat years ago (Glasstream) and we took it to the saltwater several times. Boat had no problems but trailer ended up having a lot of rust on it.

I guess I did not clean it well enough at the time.

If I did I would plan on washing the trailer with one of the saltaway products and I have even heard of some people spraying the trailers down with WD40 before using them in saltwater and then cleaning that after the fact.

When I go finished I would take the boat to a freshwater lake and drop the boat in and back the trailer as far in the water as possible then I would pull it out and wash by hand and completely lubricate anything possible and hope for the best
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Only dip the boat if you have an aluminum or galvanized trailer, if it's painted it will last only another year before it rusts away. I did this with my 1st boat when I was 21. Painted steel trailer was worthless the next year. Also do not use the trolling motor unless it is a saltwater type.
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It ain't so much the boat you gonna have problems with, it's the trailer.

If it's a painted trailer, you will be getting a new one.
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What did our parents do when all you could get was regular boats and trailers?
I mean until Yamaha came out with it's "salt water Series" all outboard motors where the same. All I/O's still are.
As far as the trailer, or the carpet, or the rigging goes, wash the boat when you get home. Most painted trailers are easier to wash than galvanized anyway, all they are made of is 3 inch channel iron standing on end, not square tubing that has the ends capped.
All the "saltwater/freshwater" stuff is marketing anyway, at the end of the day the boat/trailer is only as good as the maintenance it get's. Take care of your equipment, and it will last , neglect it.....well you get the point.
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Unless you have an aluminum trailer with aluminum mag wheels, and stainless cleats , etc., on the boat (many bass boats have cheap chrome plated Zamak, aka Zamac parts), putting your trailer and bass boat in saltwater will be the kiss-of-death for both the trailer and bass boat. You won't notice it right away, but in a year or so the trailer will start to turn brown with rust, and your cleats and other metal parts on the boat will start to corrode - no matter how good you wash them with fresh water after you get home.
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I took my ranger out in the salt a few times and everything metal on the boat started to rust after a few months. The steering assembly also locked up but that could have been because the boat was several years old.
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What did our parents do when all you could get was regular boats and trailers?
I mean until Yamaha came out with it's "salt water Series" all outboard motors where the same. All I/O's still are.
As far as the trailer, or the carpet, or the rigging goes, wash the boat when you get home. Most painted trailers are easier to wash than galvanized anyway, all they are made of is 3 inch channel iron standing on end, not square tubing that has the ends capped.
All the "saltwater/freshwater" stuff is marketing anyway, at the end of the day the boat/trailer is only as good as the maintenance it get's. Take care of your equipment, and it will last , neglect it.....well you get the point.
You have obviously never owned a painted trailer and bass boat with non-saltwater hardware and used that boat and trailer in saltwater in the deep south.
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Saltwater contains microscopic critters and when it gets on the carpet the carpet will eventually start to STINK. Even if you thoroughly wash the carpet after every saltwater trip the carpet will eventually get a noticeable odor.
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I did it for years.Number one problem will be the trailer and the cheap chrome plated hinges they use on bass boats.Aslo,the trolling motor is not made for saltwater,but you can replace that over time.After every trip I spend 3-4 hours just washing fish scale out of the carpet,thats a bit-h!

Over al would I do it again? Hell yes!

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First Light, I am a Florida native so I don't know how much more "deep south" I can get. And, yes I have had painted trailers and bass boats in salt water.
I also know that before the "salt water series" stuff it was all the same. I also know that before the market turned to saltwater/freshwater boats you took what you had and went where you wanted.
It is like being told you can't fish out of a cuddy cabin,I want to know why not? People did it for years before there was center consoles. In fact, if you strip the towers off of most sport fishers, all you're left with is an express cruiser.
I'm not going to get into name calling, or a pissing match with anyone here, my point is can it be done/was it done/will it be done again, yes. Do they make more specialized boats for the task, sure.
If you have a boat that is safe for the sea conditions you are in, then why limit yourself to a certain type of water? Just spend the time at the end of the day cleaning it up, that's what all of us in the "deep south" do.
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