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Saltwater vs freshwater boating

  1. 1. S A LT WAT E R V S . F R E S H WAT E R W H I C H B O AT T Y P E I S B E S T
  2. 2. B O AT I N G For those new to boating, there are differences between saltwater and freshwater boats Saltwater boats are designed for obvious reasons to deal with corrosion better fresh water Vs. salt water boating What you need to know about boating in freshwater or salt water Whether you take to the lake or the ocean in your custom-made motorboat, here’s what you need to know about boating in freshwater or salt water to keep your boat and yourself safe in the water
  3. 3. P L A C E S T O B O AT: O C E A N V S . L A K E Freshwater boating takes place in a large body of water, like an ocean The absence of waves and currents protects your boat and its passengers, which makes navigation easier Freshwater boats take place in lakes and rivers
  4. 4. C A N I U S E A F R E S H W A T E R B O A T I N S A L T W A T E R , A N D V I C E V E R S A ? For the most part, freshwater boats can be used in saltwater
  5. 5. B O AT S H A P E S M A D E F O R F R E S H WAT E R V S . O C E A N THE SHALLOW V-SHAPED HULLS OF FRESHWATER BOATS ARE NOT IDEAL FOR HARSH SALTWATER CONDITIONS FRESHWATER BOATS SWIM BETTER IN SALTWATER DUE TO THEIR SHALLOW HULL CONSTRUCTION, MAKING THEM LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO WAVES AND HIGHLY SALINE WATER THAT DAMAGES THE HULL AND PROPULSION SYSTEM SALTWATER BOATS HAVE NO DIFFERENT HULL SHAPES AND DO NOT USE ANY OTHER MATERIALS
  6. 6. C O M M O N D I F F E R E N C E S Corrosion Resistance: Saltwater boats are designed to better handle corrosion resistance for obvious reasons Mercathode Systems: Saltwater boats also commonly have mercathode systems installed Hull Design: Freshwater boats tend to have hull shapes and fins better designed to be near flat shores and handle flat waves Hull Fouling: Saltwater boats are also more prone to the growth of marine life on the hull
  7. 7. C O R R O S I O N I N S A L T W A T E R • Ask your boat manufacturer what type of soil color for your region, salinity, and what types of marine growth require a different floor coating
  8. 8. P R O T E C T B O A T E L E C T R O N I C S I N S A L T W A T E R For saltwater boaters, the electrical area of their boat should be in the foreground Salt can damage metal and electrical wiring in the boat They have a different hull shape and keel, which make them more stable in large waves

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