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Thread: leaving out board motors out or in salt water when in a slip

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    would like like to know the pros and cons of leaving your motor in the water or out when your in a slip

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    Don't really know the pros and cons, but I would say 95% of the boats with outboards I see in the harbors have their motors down in the water.
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    If you leave them down less chance of them getting hit. In the winter down in cold weather for sure. If you leave them up no growth.

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    No prob if you flush them regularly and keep your zincs in good shape. I won't lift them in summer for fear of being hit, or in winter for fear of trapped water freezing and splitting things I don't want split.

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    If there is a galvanic or stray current problems in or around your boat. Leaving the outboard in the water will increase the chance of your anodes being eroding outside and inside your engine. To minimize problems do not you shore power, if you do have an Galvanic Isolator and a marine battery charger and keep a look out for tell-tail signs of corrosion.

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