Originally Posted by mmwjr
Salt phobia! There are boats that have been operating in salt water that are 30-50 years old. Yes salt does greatly accelerate corrosion in iron as well as other metals including aluminum. However I/Os die from lots of reasons including bearing failure. The ones that die from salt are ones where the exhaust manifolds and risers which typically wear out first arenít changed and result in water intrusion into the engine through the exhaust valves. If this is an occasional trip and you flush with fresh water afterwards I doubt youíll notice and shortening of life that doesnít already exist for a 20+ year old boat. How many hours are on it. Iíve seen them die at 500 hrs due to poor maintenance but also go 2000+ hrs in salt water.
Thanks for the reply. No guage that I can see showing hours. I guess I should've asked the mechanic to plug in a computer and see? But maybe thats not even possible on a 2000. I asked the mechanic about flushing it and he said, "Sure but you need to do it daily, before the salt water can dry overnight." That's going to be difficult to do as ive rented a slip near the rental house in NC. But if doing that will make a big difference i will try and figure out a way to get it done.