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The Importance of Replacing Anodes to Protect your Boat's Hull and Engine

by FAFB 23rd March 2023
The importance of replacing anodes on boats and in marine engines

Boating anodes also known as sacrificial anodes or zincs, are an essential component of marine vessel maintenance, as they help protect the boat's metal components from galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar metals, such as the aluminum hull of a boat and the stainless steel propeller shaft, come into contact with saltwater, creating an electrolytic circuit that can lead to corrosion. Anodes are typically made of zinc or aluminum and are installed in key locations on the boat's hull, propeller, rudder, and other underwater components. They work by sacrificing themselves to the corrosive process, slowly corroding away over time and protecting the more expensive metal components from corrosion.

Marine engine anodes

In marine engines Anodes are also used to prevent corrosion caused by electrolysis. The engine's cooling system relies on saltwater to cool the engine, and this saltwater can create an electrolytic circuit that can lead to corrosion and other damage.Anodes used in marine engines are typically made of aluminum or magnesium and are installed in the engine's cooling system, such as the heat exchanger, raw water pump, and other components that come into contact with saltwater. These anodes are replaced on a regular schedule, typically annually or as recommended by the engine manufacturer, to ensure they continue to provide adequate protection against corrosion. Proper maintenance and replacement of anodes are essential to protect the boat and engine's metal components from corrosion and prolong their life expectancy. ASAP supplies offer a quick and easy online supply service

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