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Old 05-23-2010, 01:40 AM   #1
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OK, I know you can run in salt water...but is it as big a pain as I think it would be. I am running a scale coast guard boat and I am right next to the's just too easy. But I am concerned about the salt screwing with the prop shafts/ tubes.

Obviously, if you capsize and the eletronix get wet, well not much you can do about that, but what about just general running? Can you get away with just rinsing in fresh water after running in salt? Will it affect the wood/ finish differently?
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Re: Can you run in Salt Water?

Salt water is not the culprit when it comes to corrosion. That corrosion also takes place in air, although at much slower rates. A HUGE factor is disimilar metals in contact.

Corrosion is the transfer of electrons within the metals to oxygen in the air. The presence of salts in liquid suspension simply accelerate this transfer. If you rinse the craft off thoroughly with fresh water then you should be fine, (as long as no salt water remains within the shaft tube, etc.).

I should not affect any non-metallic construction, such as the wood or paint in any great amount.

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Re: Can you run in Salt Water?

disimilar metals become a anode & cathode when put into salt water( salt water being equivilant to electrolite in a battery) acutally you have now created a simple battery,this will cause a rapid transfer of material or to use liberal amounts of antiseize on all bolts and between any metal members where possible ,and as mentioned before rinse well after use,use stainless bolts & hardware when possible.disassemble if storing for long periods of time .Roger
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Re: Can you run in Salt Water?

One more thing salt water will rot certain woods. I made a shovel nose hydro out of balsa and didn't rinse the hull thinking it wouldn't matter. It did matter because the next spring the wood where salt water was went soft and was falling apart. Also the salt air gets everywhere even places you don't know about so expect electrical problems if your deck isn't sealed
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I agree With You. I also Shared Some Knowledge With You People. Normally, moderately or highly Salt water is of little use to humans. Humans cannot drink Salt water directly, nor is it suitable for irrigating crops. Though some industries also make use of saline water, such as mining and thermoelectric-power.
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