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Old 11-10-2012, 01:57 PM
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Default New boat. Why are My screws Rotting?

I'm Starting to get a little annoyed with my New boat.. Although it Looks good, Rides good and has a great Layout, Im starting to understand the difference in a $50,000 23ft boat and a $75,000 23ft boat..

1.) When I first got my boat it had gelcoat bubble in the foot rest and a hole in the cheap tee top, Got that fixed and they did pay for it.. Just an inconvenience.

2.) When I put my radar arch on the top was sagging because the top above the electronics box is 1/4 thick fiber glass with no reinforcement. I had to put a large piece of 1/4 stainless to stiffen it up..

3.) I now have Bubbles on the face of the Tee top that need to be repaired.. They said they will pay for it, Again its just another inconvenience.

4.) Rusty Hardware and Screws Rotting out... I just put my drain plug in and saw the the stews looked loose the hold the housing in.. Went to tighten it and the stews where rotted and just fell out..

5.) They put the cheapest Bilge pump in and it broke already... Thank god I pulled the boat before the hurricane..

Is this Normal to have issues like this or are they using cheap hardware? Is there something I can do to prevent this rust?
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what make of boat are we talking about??
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Is this Normal ?
Yes, for a basstracker cruising the Great Salt Lake

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Replace that factory installed fasteners with quality SS ones.
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Cheap hardware to cut costs. Not anodized or stainless steel.
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we are all curious...what kind of boat???
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what make of boat are we talking about??
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we are all curious...what kind of boat???
23' Tidewater
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what make of boat are we talking about??
Just check previous posts from Terminator Tackle.
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They likely used stainless steel screws, just not 316 or better. I learned that the hard way too. In any saltwater application you really need 316 stainless steel or they will rust. The cost difference when building that boat between using a lower grade stainless steel vs 316 is probably 300 bucks, maybe even less.
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I would actually be curious if there was a bounding wire connected to one of the thru bolts on the plug housing

Even the best stainless wouldn't make it through salt water and stray current
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Cheap chinese SS fittings will rust/corrode. Few if any manufactures put screws in properly--in a cored structure. Should be drilled out, then undercut around the hole, potted with epoxy, then pilot hole, and good quality SS (316) with 5200. Some deck fittings should have solid glass, or backing plates under the cleat etc. Yes, there are a lot of differences between boats. No comment on this specific brand.
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Even quality SS will rust if not maintained.
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
23' Tidewater
And this is a 2012 model we are talking about???
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It's a tide water.

I even had my structure scan transom mount transducer screws rot right off. Boat was new in the spring. My dad has a 1987 whaler and there is less rust..

I'm wondering if I'm getting bad electrolysis
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Terminator , I remember when you got that new boat , you were pumped! Really a PIA to have those kind of issues on a new boat that you spent good money on !
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sounds like electrolysis
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Something isn't right. Is the boat kept in the water?
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Originally Posted by HeadHunt View Post
Something isn't right. Is the boat kept in the water?
yes in the water and here are some pics.

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Yes something else is going on there.
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