The summer season is upcoming and getting your charter bookings taken care of in advance is highly advisable. As the schedule fills up, booking your specific dates becomes more and more difficult. It is our intention that everyone get the charter experience they hope and dream of. Help us provide that experience by booking early to ensure your dates.
As was mentioned on last weeks show, zinc replacement is very important especially for those boats used frequently in salt water. In addition to the zincs most people think about on the exterior of their boat on the hull and outdrives/running gear, there are also zincs within raw water cooled engines.
As mentioned by Aaron, you will find these zincs located along the raw water plumbing of the engine including oil coolers and transmission coolers. From the exterior, the zincs appear to be a brass plug. Upon unscrewing these ‘plugs’, you will note one of two things. 1) A small cylindrical zinc screwed into the plug or 2) the remainder of of a zinc screwed into the plug. On occasion, there will be no zinc left due to it’s total consumption or it’s breaking off and proceeding through the cooling system.
The zincs should be checked every 6 months to a year depending on use and time spent in salt water. By checking and replacing zincs regularly, interior deterioration of the engine can be avoided. This is a simple maintenance procedure that most boat owners can handle on their own. We can help you the first time so you can do it yourself in the future or can put this into a maintenance schedule customized to your boat.