BOAT BUYING TIPS (7) – Corrosion resistance

People sometimes forget the marine environment can be pretty tough on equipment. Accordingly, every aspect of a boat needs to be designed and built to last.

An example of this is the wiring in a boat. Some boat builders use the cheapest switches, connectors, fuse boards and wire available. Why? Because most boat buyers wouldn’t know the difference… and they won’t find out until one to two years later when things go wrong and the warranty has probably expired!

When you look at a boat, look behind the dashboard and see how neat it is. Are all the connections properly wrapped and sealed with glue-filled heat-shrink? Does the wiring look a bit messy and not very well done? If you have a mate who is an electrician or a friend who really knows quality boats, bring them along to inspect the boat you’re considering buying.

Built tough to withstand Australia’s harsh marine environment, Bar Crusher uses tinned wire, quality switches (from the USA, rather than China), quality fuse boards (from NZ) and glue-filled heat-shrink to cover all connections to lock out the salt air. Bar Crusher does this to minimise the risk of you experiencing problems with your wiring in a couple of years’ time.

There are many things Bar Crusher does to ensure longevity of your boat – and everything within it. You’ll notice stainless steel fittings are always insulated from the boat with plastic washers or insulation grease products. Bar Crusher insists on using #316 stainless steel rather than the cheaper #304 that’s commonly used on other boats. Many of the hinges on Bar Crusher boats are high-tech fibre reinforced composite to provide a lifetime of service.

There’s really no point building a fit-for-purpose boat and fitting it out with cheap, inferior quality products… yet many manufacturers do just that, in the hope their customers won’t notice – until it’s too late.

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