Boat Maintenance

Once fully cleaned, this stanchion weld can be checked for crevices with a dye penetrant. Regularly polishing stainless can prevent this pox from taking hold and spreading.

Welds on Your Boat Require Special Care

The irregular shape of welds makes them difficult to inspect using ultrasound technology. Visual inspections can also be deceiving—especially with new welds. The prettiest bead can have internal voids and poor fusion. After a while, that pretty bead will begin to bloom with corrosion and cracks.

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