01/26/2015 ToW - Anodes are mounted on outboard motors in various locations to help protect the outboard from corrosion, but did you know that a dirty anode will not protect the motor. In different bodies of water the portions of the engine that remain submerged may get coated with algae, calcium, or other marine growths. If an anode gets coated it can't effectively protect the rest of the engine so some periodic maintenance of your anodes may be needed. Use a soft bristle brush or lightly abrasive dish sponge and scrub the growth from the anode. Be careful never to use a wire brush or brillo pad as these will leave metal shavings in the anode and do more harm than good. Once your anodes are clean they will protect the rest of the engine as they were meant to.
May is the top tarpon month in the Florida Keys, which means I’m on the water just about every day. I leave home in the dark and it’s usually dark when I get back home, so by this time of the month I’m running on autopilot.