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WESSTAR
08-27-2007, 10:37 PM
I have always been a lake guy so I am new to this brackish water thing. I am just now starting to explore around the delta (in ca) and was wondering how you can tell. Can you really taste a low salt content water? Is there a test that I can use to tell what the salt content is? What percent of salt should I be worried about.

SDAhockey21
08-27-2007, 10:51 PM
Run salt all the time the biggest factor is trailer wear, but from your post is sounds like you are starting in fresh and going to brackish, and since you will be running through freshwater on your way back no need to really flush the engine, depeneding on how long you are running in fresh after you leave the brackish. And as far as way to tell when you leave brackish and enter fresh or vise versa...I have no idea...

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 12:20 PM
I tasted the water I did not taste any salt. From what I am told it is fresh but the salt water starts down river a little ways. (Near Rio Vista) I am pretty sure that I am in complete fresh for at least 4-5 miles.

rodltg2
08-28-2007, 12:23 PM
first off, i would avoid tasting delta water at all costs. i wouldn't worry about the salt at the delta. i have ran my boats there along time. it only gets really salty when you get close to the bay. otherwise your fine.

M-Funf
08-28-2007, 12:24 PM
I ran my last boat in the Delta for years with no problems. I was running at River's End Marina or near Disco Bay...fresh water.

I haven't had the MC up there but a few times, but I wouldn't be concerned...

I have also run my MC in the Petaluma River, which is "brackish-ish" 8p They have a fresh water wash down area at the top of the ramp, so I give everything a good rinsing and then run it with fresh water at home...

Sodar
08-28-2007, 12:27 PM
Depends wear on the Delta you are. Obviously, the higher you are, the fresher the water. There is no specific answer to your question. I was told that I was in Brackish water, but could not taste a thing. Just enjoy the Delta!

M-Funf
08-28-2007, 12:30 PM
first off, i would avoid tasting delta water at all costs.

+1 on that...Pinch your cheeks together when you fall, too...you don't want the Delta Douche. :o

rodltg2
08-28-2007, 12:32 PM
no doubt , you dont want to get what i call " el chorro"

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 12:33 PM
Thanks sounds like I will be fine just a little paranoid with the MC.

X2M
08-28-2007, 12:34 PM
+1 on that...Pinch your cheeks together when you fall, too...you don't want the Delta Douche. :o

Ewwww.... Don't want to get that glowing poo thing. :D :rolleyes:

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 12:38 PM
is it really that bad the lake I go to most of the time is in not that clean but it is a little less murky

rodltg2
08-28-2007, 12:49 PM
i wouldnt worry about it too much, i would just avoid drinking/tasting any of it. cant be much worse than camp far west...:D

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 12:51 PM
true camp far can be bad esp this time of the year

rodltg2
08-28-2007, 12:57 PM
can you still ride at camp far, i heard it was dangerously low. i dont know the lake very well so it may be for me

Sodar
08-28-2007, 01:01 PM
They are having a v-drive race out there Oct. 19-21, so I would think it is deep enough if they are doing that.

Here is a link about the level: http://www.hotboat.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2756311

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:02 PM
I'm going to the Delta this weekend and have been going since I had my boat. The water doesn't taste salty (wasn't an intentional tasting session) and the only thing that I have had problems with is every now and then I'll get a bit of vegetation wrapped around my propeller shaft and that only happens late in the summer after it's all been chopped up. The other thing to keep an eye on is the level of the water. The Delta is affected by the ocean tides and there was one time that I was going under a bridge coming out of where we put in in Brentwood.... at high tide.... that I have been under many times with no problem and my pylon almost scraped the bottom of the bridge. That's when I noticed "all" of the scrape marks on the bottom of the bridge! The Delta is a lot of fun and a map isn't a bad idea either! Trust me on this! Rick

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:04 PM
And a hello to you Sodar! Rick

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 01:07 PM
You can but you have to be careful I know the lake pretty good now. This is my 9th season on it. the real dangerous time was about a month and a half a go when the water was groping and the don mark the 3 islands and the many pionts and rocks that stick up.

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 01:10 PM
thanks Rick I am going to buy a map this week. Being a Navigator I just feel better with a cart in front of me.

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:10 PM
Let me add that Sodar was correct about being saltier the closer to the bay that you get and where we usually go is quite a ways inland of the bay. Rick

Sodar
08-28-2007, 01:13 PM
And a hello to you Sodar! Rick

Hey Rick! How ya been? How is that boat holding up for ya?

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 01:14 PM
The Tides are what made me ask the question that I did. Was not sure how yiu could have tides without salt water

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:17 PM
Westar, Are you going to be on the Delta this weekend? I'm going to be in the Disco Bay area for a few days. Rick

rodltg2
08-28-2007, 01:20 PM
ill be there this weekend, however somewhat far from disco. i have a houseboat near King island.

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:21 PM
I'm good Sodar thx. The boat is almost ready...vacuum and quick wipe down, teak is all refinished and looking awesome and "she" is probably shinier that she's ever been! BTW... I can finally post my own pics! Thanks for the help when I was in need! Rick

WESSTAR
08-28-2007, 01:26 PM
I will be there at least one day this weekend somewhere near Ryer Island and Isleton my mom has a houseboat down there she is going to let me know exatly where later this week.

flyingskibiker
08-28-2007, 01:37 PM
i'll be out of Russo's on Saturday. friend's boat. he'll be entertaining his daughter and a few friends (nice!). so, might not make it to the hot spots...

in case anyone cared... 8p

454Prostar190
08-28-2007, 01:53 PM
You mean like...... "Lost Isle"? lol I'm always the designated driver and the trip home with a boat load of the "non designateds" is always quite an adventure in itself!

flyingskibiker
08-29-2007, 03:21 PM
i took a whole year off from drinking. i started to actually hate a couple of my friends... lol