Tom-N-Jerry’s Boats – Protecting Your Aluminum Boat from Salt Water Corrosion

The staff at Tom-N-Jerry’s Boat Center in Mount Vernon, Washington specialize in aluminum boats and know that they can sometimes get salt oxidation marks on them, which can quickly lead to galvanic corrosion. If you own an aluminum boat, there are several things you can do to help prevent your boat from becoming a victim of galvanized corrosion.

  • Don’t mix metals. If you are going to mix metals be sure to use metals that are close to each other in the galvanic series.
  • The bolts on your boat should be less active than fittings. Bolts are small so any loss of metal is more serious.
  • Do whatever you can to electrically isolate fittings from each other. This is important to do even on small craft.
  • Anodes should be securely fastened. Make sure that there is a firm contact with the metal that needs to be protected.
  • When it comes to anodes, you never want to paint them. The metal that it is fastened to also needs to be free of paint, scale, and dirt.
  • Never allow an impressed current voltage to exceed 1,300 millivolts when protecting aluminum.
  • Always repair any scratches and paint chips that expose bare metal.
  • Don’t use lubricants that contain graphite aboard a boat that is made from aluminum.
  • Wash down the boat with fresh water after every use to remove any salt that has built-up.

Protect your aluminum boat and equipment from the rigors of the marine environment. If you have questions or concerns regarding your aluminum boat, contact the knowledgeable staff at Tom-N-Jerrys Boats, specialists in aluminum boats.


Tom-N-Jerry’s Boats – Tips on How to Buy Your First Boat

If you are thinking about purchasing your first boat, let the experts at Tom-N-Jerry’s Boats Center help you find the right boat for your family’s needs. Before you head to the dealership, here are some things you will want to know to help you make the right choice.

The first thing you want to figure out is what kind of boat you want to get. In order to figure this out, you need to know where you are going to use the boat and for what purpose. You need to find the right boat to fit your activities, tastes, and needs. Do some research and look at the differences of each boat and how they are best used. When you decide on the type of boat you want, there are still a number of options that you have to consider as each type of boat has its own special considerations.

Next, you will have to decide if you want to buy a new or used boat. There are many used boats on the market that are considerably less than the new ones. While buying used can save you money up front, it also increases the variables. There are some boat models that have evolved significantly over the last several years, making it harder to find a comparable used boat hard to find.

Once these two decisions have been made, it’s time to start looking at the nuts and bolts of buying a boat. When you are buying a boat, some aspects of the process are just like buying anything else. You need to do your research, take to people and find out their opinions, and don’t believe everything you read. You can check out owners’ forums to see what other people are saying about both the good and bad aspects of the boat you are considering.

The best place to start looking at boats when you are ready to purchase one is online. Here you can compare models, prices, and can even take virtual tours of the boats. To avoid any letdown between the pictures and the actual boat, here are some tips to help you weed out those that may let you down.

Compare photos of similar boats. Make a note of anything that isn’t mentioned in the particular listings. This could be a red flag area for the boat.

Compare the highlights between the boat listings. This will give you a good idea about what is stock dealer equipment, and what is unique about each boat.

Be careful about boats that may include a lot of extra stuff that you won’t use or may have to replace, like outdated electronics.

A great place to shop for used boats is Tom-N-Jerry’s Boats in Mount Vernon. They have a large selection of new and used boats to choose from.