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    Default How to do a visual Corrosion survey on a boat.

    Talking to a friend about boats and the subject came up about testing a boat for corrosion.
    The first thing a technician would do is a visual inspection, he would look at all the anodes, terminal strips, battery compartment, electrical switches, engine, prop, out drive, under flotation and fuel tanks to name a few areas. The fuels tanks in the X.X. Boats are knows for having corrosion problems.

    If you know what to look for you can do a visual survey. All you need is a flashlight, note pad and a camera. Take several high quality close up (12 inches) and distant pictures of everything and note there condition. If your have a slip you may want to have a diver inspect the bottom for problems.

    It can take a less than a week or several years to cause hundred if not thousand of dollars of damage.
    Having documentation and pictures you can show a technician can save you a lot of money. Case in point; your anode are eroding away knowing how long it took will help the technician decide if all you need is to replace the anodes or there is a more serious problem.

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    To add to this.....CAC plastics will do a moisture test on your fiberglass hulled boat in order to determine what condition the wood structure is in.
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    Speaking of Anodes, where is a good place to get them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Speaking of Anodes, where is a good place to get them?
    I get mine at the gear shed in Homer, not sure about Anchorage, I think west marine had some and I am sure Deweys probably does too
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    Yep. Dewey's. I'll pick them up this weekend.
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    With all the salt water boats in Alaska and the cost of repairs I would have thought there would have been more interest in saving money.

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    I buy mine from
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