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Boat Trailering Guys:,

I have been told that aluminum boat trailers deteriorate quickly when used in salt water. I am looking at a 5 year old aluminum trailer for my 21 foot Four Winns and wonder if it is worth buying. It would be used mostly for launching into salt water.


Answered on: 4/2007

The short of it is that everything deteriorates quickly in salt water. Maintenance is the key to extending the life of your trailer. You should get in the habit of thoroughly rinsing your trailer with freshwater after each salt water "dunking". Aluminum is the preferred material for most salt water boaters. George owned a trailer rental business in Florida for years and all of his trailers were aluminum. That should tell you something right there. Any scratches on a painted or galvanized trailer in a salt water environment will need immediate attention to thwart the rust from setting in.

Boat Trailering Guys: Mike