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    salt water/fresh water outboard

    Is there a difference? The motor in question is a 2011 Mercury 90hp 4 stroke. It has only see fresh water. What would I need to do,if anything, to run it in salt water?

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    Your motor will be fine, it's your trailer and electrics that may be effected negatively..
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    Quote Originally Posted by atxtracker View Post
    Is there a difference? The motor in question is a 2011 Mercury 90hp 4 stroke. It has only see fresh water. What would I need to do,if anything, to run it in salt water?
    Get a different boat. The motor is the least of your worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dez View Post
    Your motor will be fine, it's your trailer and electrics that may be effected negatively..
    Agree, the most corrosion damage will occur to your trailer, unless it is aluminum or galvanized, and most boats bought near freshwater are neither. Rinsing the motor with rabbit ears and running in fresh water will take care of the salt in the engine, but it is damn near impossible to prevent corrosion on trailers not designed to be dunked in salt.
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    Even those made for salt suffer. Yikes.

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    Thanks, I'll take that into consideration. This is for my Dad's boat, not the one in my sig. His boat is on a galvanized trailer so I'm guessing it would do fine in salt water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atxtracker View Post
    Thanks, I'll take that into consideration. This is for my Dad's boat, not the one in my sig. His boat is on a galvanized trailer so I'm guessing it would do fine in salt water.
    Umm...If you are "guessing" wrong it will cost you a BUNCH to fix it up.
    Salt makes me nervous...it's powerful and gets EVERYWHERE. There's a reason that corrosion resistant materials are tested in a salt spray.
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    Yeah its bad for the boat and the trailer. There's no doubt about that. But there aren't many things in life better than a good day saltwater fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NjTexan View Post
    Umm...If you are "guessing" wrong it will cost you a BUNCH to fix it up.
    Salt makes me nervous...it's powerful and gets EVERYWHERE. There's a reason that corrosion resistant materials are tested in a salt spray.
    This boat is for sale and I am trying to get more information for a potential buyer who was asking about the effects on this boat/motor/trailer in fresh water vs. salt water. As far as I know, this boat has spent it entire life in fresh water but I know for a fact that this new motor has never seen anything but fresh water. I am an automotive technician by trade and has seen firsthand the effects 'salty' conditions can produce, be it from road salt or a life near coastal areas. I don't have any experience boating in salt water and frankly, don't have any desire to either. Where the buyer decides to float or plant this boat after the cash has exchanged hands is up to them. Thanks for all the informative replies.

 

 

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