DIY the Right Way
Protecting your aluminum boat and equipment from the rigors of the marine environment.
Ideally, you’d use aluminum fittings and fasteners, minimizing the chance of galvanic corrosion, but these are hard to find. Instead use 300-series stainless steel. This works fine if you isolate the fitting with plastic washers or pads and keep the water out with a polysulfide or polyether bedding compound like Star brite polyether Boat Caulk (starbrite.com).
Interlux and Pettit sell copper-free, aluminum-compatible paint systems backed by excellent application instructions and tech support. It takes lots of prep, plus attention to detail, to do this right. Visit yachtpaint.com (Interlux) or pettitpaint.com.
Ditch Your Carpet
To prevent hull pitting caused by trapped moisture, replace carpeted trailer bunks with plastic, such as these plastic bunk covers from Load Rite Trailers. Slippery plastic also makes launching easier. loadrite.com