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Old 15 July 2009, 04:56   #11
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One good thing about warm water - it will be far better than cold for removing salt deposits!!!
If you mean salt crystals I have some bad news for you. I stuck the rib in the Thames for a week up near Lechlade, when you could that sort of thing and the boat safety scheme was just a pipe dream in some civil servants in tray.

So after running up and down the Thames, sometimes going a bit quicker than we should have and being admonished by the lock keepers who timed our trips between lockers the boat was brought home for a good service.

Shocked to find that despite the boat spending a week in fresh water and being run everyday for several hours the thermostat was still covered in salt crystals. I can only assume that if saltwater is allowed to evaporate and for crystals to form then it takes a lot more to disolve them than just running an engine up for a couple of minutes which isn't sufficient to disolve them.

However if you wash down and run the engine shortly after coming out of saltwater then the flushing action may be enough to stop salt crystals forming. Our bin gets a squirt of washing up liquid at the same time. Washes the bin nicely too

Alternatively buy a Yamaha and don't worry about it.

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Old 15 July 2009, 06:40   #12
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make sure kids dont drop anything in the bin like a house brick ,,,we had an engine running in a tank a few weeks back in gear ,an old seagull engine ,,,family of holiday makers walks passed boat yard ,whilst waking past the 9 year old decides it would be a good idea to run back and drop a large pebble in the tank ,,,,,,,,clunk ,clunk ,,bang ,,,new shear spring ,.....with regards to salt deposits forming i think your right PETE7 ,if you let the engine cool down a bit running on tickover before you take it out of the water ,even if you do flush straight after ,the salt build up doesent seem as bad as engines that have been removed that have been switched off hot then flushed ,i suppose it bakes the salt a bit if theres any evaporation .problem with washing up liquid i think a lot has salt in it anyhow . mart
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If you mean salt crystals I have some bad news for you. I stuck the rib in the Thames for a week up near Lechlade, when you could that sort of thing and the boat safety scheme was just a pipe dream in some civil servants in tray.

Shocked to find that despite the boat spending a week in fresh water and being run everyday for several hours the thermostat was still covered in salt crystals. I can only assume that if saltwater is allowed to evaporate and for crystals to form then it takes a lot more to disolve them than just running an engine up for a couple of minutes which isn't sufficient to disolve them.


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That is why I said warm - it does make a difference. I took the thermostat out of my outboard and it was caked - left it soak in cold water - nothing - hot water it dissolved straight away.

Of course the question is - how warm can the water be?
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To break down crystallized salt, you might try adding a bit of an acid to the water as well. Vinegar should work fine. Maybe a gallon of white vinegar in the bucket?

Should probably rinse it out afterwards though (run in clean, non-acidified water.)

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To break down crystallized salt, you might try adding a bit of an acid to the water as well. Vinegar should work fine. Maybe a gallon of white vinegar in the bucket?

Should probably rinse it out afterwards though (run in clean, non-acidified water.)

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Just keep it for the chips - yum!!!
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I took the boat to the canal, launched it, got in, primed the fuel feed from the fuel tank, checked it was in neutral etc, pulled out the choke and then pulled the starter cord. It started first time. Pushed the choke in and put it in gear and we were off!
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I took the boat to the canal, launched it, got in, primed the fuel feed from the fuel tank, checked it was in neutral etc, pulled out the choke and then pulled the starter cord. It started first time. Pushed the choke in and put it in gear and we were off!
Hope you remembered to cast off/remove the mooring line(s).
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Yes it would be typical of me to forget something like that! However my wife was holding the mooring rope so had I set off I would have been in trouble for forgetting her.
I've bought a couple of large plastic topped tent pegs for temporary mooring.
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