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DHPRO
07-22-2013, 05:43 PM
Anyone do more salt use than fresh?
Im shopping for a boat and I live on the ocean, but likely to use it in fresh as well. The "idea" would be to use it mostly in fresh water, but living acroiss the street from salt, you can imagine that convenience will trump all other considerations.
What should I look for in a used SS series boat, what should I be aware of if I do use it in salt?
Thansk!:D

jbkriss
07-23-2013, 02:30 PM
Let me just tell you that you should definitely go with a SS boat. Don't have a dealer try to talk you into something else. They're more expensive but pay off down the road. In my opinion, MC's salt boats are the best. They seem to be over-engineered for salt but that's a good thing. I was on a friend's X25 SS (closed cooling system) that had two years of use on it and the only corrosion I saw were two small bolts in the tower... and that came after looking it over a couple of times. If you're planning on going in saltwater, get a MC SS it'll be worth it.

DHPRO
07-23-2013, 04:53 PM
Thanks...the X25 was what Ive been shopping, and hoping to find a reaonably priced 2010-13.

CruisinGA
07-23-2013, 05:12 PM
Have you seen this?
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=56133

Jim@BAWS
07-24-2013, 12:40 AM
I have access to a X25 SS that has NEVER seen salt. Send me an email and I will get you the specs and pricing ASAP

Jim@BAWS

jim.baws@verizon.net

Grant777
07-24-2013, 05:27 AM
I run my SS X-2 exclusively in salt water. And it is holding up well. Some minor galvanic corrosion on the tower, especially where the tower bonds to the hull and I had the rear aluminum cross bar that strengthens the rear lockers and engine bay re powder coated. When compared to similar boats (Malibu, Tige, nautique etc) of similar age there is no comparison - mine looks better. I think part of that is as a result of a strict cleaning regime. The raw water strainer and fresh water flush are two very useful additions to the series.

DHPRO
07-24-2013, 08:37 AM
Have you seen this?
http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=56133

I did, and though its a nice boat, not what Im looking for.

DHPRO
07-24-2013, 08:40 AM
I run my SS X-2 exclusively in salt water. And it is holding up well. Some minor galvanic corrosion on the tower, especially where the tower bonds to the hull and I had the rear aluminum cross bar that strengthens the rear lockers and engine bay re powder coated. When compared to similar boats (Malibu, Tige, nautique etc) of similar age there is no comparison - mine looks better. I think part of that is as a result of a strict cleaning regime. The raw water strainer and fresh water flush are two very useful additions to the series.

Do you keep it moored in the salt full time, or pull and wash after each use? Im always being told that once they even say "salt" or its touched it, the boats devalue an additional 10+%...I willing to live with that, more interested in exactly this - how well they weather regular salt with and without regular maintenance.

highline
07-26-2013, 12:00 AM
I bought mine used. It was used exclusively in salt before I bought it. Now it sees as much fresh as salt. Mine has the crusader engine, which has a steel pulley for the belt on the motor that rusts easily. I wash mine down after every saltwater use. My bimini top has a bracket that clips two of the bars together when you fold it closed. The two small brackets have been eaten up by the salt. The other place that salt eats up is the brackets holding the swim platform. Other than that, the zinc anode does its job. Remove the carpet from day one and just rinse everything down really well after every salt outing and it will keep looking sharp.

jbkriss
07-26-2013, 04:18 PM
just an additional comment, the X25 will handle the saltwater choppiness very well.

Grant777
08-18-2013, 01:39 PM
Do you keep it moored in the salt full time, or pull and wash after each use? Im always being told that once they even say "salt" or its touched it, the boats devalue an additional 10+%...I willing to live with that, more interested in exactly this - how well they weather regular salt with and without regular maintenance.

Sorry about the slow reply. No I pull it everytime. And wash and rinse and wipe and oil every use. It's a well made boat. But in order to keep the interior, electrics and anything metallic looking respectable means a lot of work. I'd say about 10hrs cleaning for every 50 on the water. Good products. A power washer. And elbow grease. Committed.

Redstorm
08-18-2013, 02:00 PM
Last boat was a performance boat and use to take it out on the S.F. Bay to watch the offshore races. Just for a few hours there would be so much salt grime everywhere. I am OCD so i planned the cleaning as part of your day. When you forget to plan is when things got ugly. After cleaning I would spray down my out drives and gear with WD40 and left it on.

DHPRO
08-18-2013, 02:22 PM
Great info guys...X30 SS is what I've settled on...spoke to MC and they made me quite comfortable the engineering of the boat and the durability of the SS package. Just gotta get comfortable with the price now!

Grant777
08-20-2013, 03:01 AM
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That's my boat with 2 years and 200hrs in salt water. Don't be afraid.

Latin Flyer
08-20-2013, 12:07 PM
I have an x2 salt water.
Great boat. Handles the salt great.
As long as you invest an hour of your time after you use it you'll have no issues.