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Dealing with Corrosion Problems in Aluminium Boats

Blog | 28 May 2018

The sun is shining and your weekend is free, so what better way to spend your time than out on the water? If you fish in an aluminium boat, you likely know all of the benefits that come with the territory. Aluminium boats are durable, affordable, and lightweight boats that you can take to the water with relative ease. Aluminium boats run into few problems but one of their biggest issues is corrosion. Corrosion, in fact, is a real problem for water-based vessels and there are going to be some steps that you need to take in order to minimise the potential damage. Today, we are going to talk to you about how to deal with corrosion issues in your aluminium boat.

Corrosion Problems and Your Aluminium Boat

Alright, so you head to the lake or the coast in order to set sail in your aluminium boat. In doing so, you come to find that there is some corrosion on the bottom of your vessel. Not good, right? Corrosion is the dissolving or wearing away of a material due to its interaction with the environment. Specifically, corrosion issues with your aluminium boat are likely due entirely to saltwater wearing away at the hull or the walls of the boat.

Galvanic corrosion is commonplace in all metal boats when they interact with saltwater. While it is true that high-quality aluminium can help to offset casual corrosion, the issue can still manifest itself. In some situations, your boat can be relatively unharmed by the water and in other situations, your boat can immediately begin to show wear and tear. The difference is typically due to the temperature of the water, water salinity, and even nearby electrical currents. With all of this being said, how can deal with potential corrosion?

Well, if you want to resist potential corrosion in your aluminium bot then you need to get used to the idea of using protective paint. A protective coating can be used to create a barrier that resists the current between the bottom of your boat’s aluminium surface and the water itself. This protective paint coating can help you save tons of money, time and effort in the long run! Keep in mind that this paint is most important in any place where water will touch the boat. Additionally, you can install what is called a ‘sacrificial anode’ onto your boat. Sacrificial anodes are special products, made of metal, that pull in the electrical current that would otherwise harm your hull.

If you run into potential issues with your aluminium vessel, turn to AWW Group for all of your boating needs. Otherwise, use the tips we laid out above in order to protect your hull from corrosion.

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