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Old 03-22-2016, 11:46 PM   #21
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Ted,
We are over in Ft. Myers Yacht Basin this winter and with the Lake O water releases, the water is more fresh than salt so the bottom is pretty clean. I will know more next week when the diver checks again.
When are you heading back north?

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Old 03-23-2016, 01:56 AM   #22
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Moore in fresh, boat in salt. Salt kills fresh water growth fresh water flushs cooling system. Best of both worlds.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:04 AM   #23
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Moore in fresh, boat in salt. Salt kills fresh water growth fresh water flushs cooling system. Best of both worlds.
Agree ++

I have little experience in salt but have read that after WW II the Navy stored the mothball fleet part way up the Hudson R to take advantage of the switch from fresh to brackish water with the tides. The switch kept bottom growth to a minimum.

Don't forget to change engine & gen anodes when you change hull / shaft to Al
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Maybe part of the fleet. There were plenty of ships mothballed on the West Coast in sea water, both down in CA and in Puget Sound. Grew up sailing around those in Puget Sound, then watched them being towed to the shipyards years later for scrap.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:14 AM   #25
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Maybe part of the fleet. There were plenty of ships mothballed on the West Coast in sea water, both down in CA and in Puget Sound. Grew up sailing around those in Puget Sound, then watched them being towed to the shipyards years later for scrap.
Much fresh water is shallow draft and Navy ships are precluded. The St Johns River in north Florida was an exception and the Navy kept a mothball fleet at Green Cove Springs which I remember from the 1950's. I believe the site is now a commercial marina.
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Suisun Bay mothball fleet, fresh to brackish water

When I was moored in Portage Bay Washington I had the the best of both worlds fresh water lake to boat in or out through the locks to salt water. I lost an exhaust elbow on my generator due to salt water. When I replaced the elbow at North Harbor Marine, they said why don't you just run the genny once your back in fresh water behind the locks, duh. So now that I'm down in the Ca Delta, The fresh water slime and algae are gone in a few hours of salt water , and I make sure to flush all of my systems using sea water including my dingy motor once back in fresh water. No divers needed except for zinks.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:11 AM   #27
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Fresh water , salt water , no big deal

A HURRICANE is a big deal.

Go where the boat has the best chance of surviving.
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