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Q: Hi Mick. I live very close to salt water, and de­spite keep­ing my tools in a bag in­side the garage, they rust. This time I put them in a FoodSaver bag and vac­uum-sealed it. Six months have gone by and no rust is ap­par­ent!

Jim Co­hen Key Largo, Florida

A: Thanks for the tip, Jim. We know what you mean about ba­si­cally be­ing able to watch tools rust in salty air. Re­move the oxy­gen, and cor­ro­sion is thwarted. (A thin coat of wiped-on oil works for tools, like fil­ter wrenches, that are needed with some reg­u­lar­ity.) I trailer the boat to the ramp each time I go boating. My ques­tion is: When flush­ing the out­board after a day on salt water, does the out­board need to be flushed im­me­di­ately after pulling the boat out of the water? Some­times I get back when it’s dark. Is it harm­ful to flush the next morn­ing or some­time dur­ing the next day?

Also, on the out­board there is a hose con­nec­tion that al­lows for flush­ing with­out run­ning the out­board. Which is the most ef­fec­tive way of flush­ing the out­board: through this con­nec­tion or with the out­board run­ning on the muffs? Or would they both be the same? Thank you. Robert Donnelly

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A: Your most ef­fec­tive time to flush will be as soon after you fin­ish boating for the day as pos­si­ble. With time, water evap­o­rates, leav­ing hard­erto-flush salt crys­tals be­hind. There is no way to quan­tify this crys­tal­liza­tion ex­cept to say that the longer after boating you be­gin flush­ing, the longer you should flush for. At a min­i­mum, flush un­til you get the strong­est dis­charge from the tell­tale (aka “pee stream”). The most thor­ough flush is us­ing the muffs and flush­ing un­til the out­board comes up to tem­per­a­ture so that the ther­mostats open up. Of course, if one keeps a boat docked in salt water, this is not fea­si­ble.


This is most ab­sorbent mop I’ve used. There are two tasks spe­cific to my boat for which Star brite’s Reg­gae Mop proves ide­ally suited. It makes soak­ing up the last bit of water, that which the mac­er­a­tor pump can­not get, a job I can do us­ing a mop han­dle and while stand­ing up in­stead of ly­ing on the cock­pit and reach­ing down with a rag or sponge. Sec­ond, the shore­line near my dock is heav­ily treed. In the spring, my boat turns green with a thick coat­ing of pollen. Used dry, the Reg­gae Mop works great as a dust col­lec­tor, and though I could use the hose for the task, dust­ing al­lows me to de­pollen and then go boating with­out hav­ing to dry the lean­ing post or suf­fer drips from the hard­top. Did I men­tion its su­per-soft, su­per-ab­sorbent, non­scratch­ing fronds are great for quickly soak­ing up dew or dry­ing off the boat after wash­ing?

The Reg­gae Mop fits Star brite Ex­tend-ABrush (boat­ing­mag .com/we-test-starbrite-ex­tend-brush) han­dles uti­liz­ing a push-but­ton con­nec­tor built into the mop. If you don’t have a Star brite pole, an adapter ($9.29) is avail­able to use the Reg­gae Mop with poles that have the push but­ton. $29; walmart


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