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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
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.
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