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    GP Seawind Electric from saltwater?

    I'm thinking about keeping a Seawind on the boat for the rare calm days on the bay. Anyone have any experience operating in saltwater? I'm thinking spraying the motor with Corrosion Block as an after run.
    Mike
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    RE: GP Seawind Electric from saltwater?

    Precoat the motor bearings, connectors, ESC, Receiver, and linkage wires (especially inside guide tubes) with either corrosion block or corrosionX.  If the motor gets wet, blow it out with compressed air or a computer duster can, and relubricate.
    Smear silicone grease on the seams in the servo cases and esp where the wires penetrate the case. 
    Don't use vaseline.  Be careful even with the corrosion inhibitors on the foam.  It would probably be prudent to first seal the foam internals  with water-based polyurethane to protect the foam from the corrosion inhibitors. 
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    RE: GP Seawind Electric from saltwater?

    I would try almost any other seaplane than the electric seawind, Mine always ends up with water inside, the cockpit overhangs at the front, so any little wave that gets near there makes in in. Also, the tandancy to nose in on a skipped landing has made it my number one plane for needing a boat rescue. They fly great in the air, very quick and smooth, but landings can get hairy unless everything is just right.

    I converted a Twinstar a while back, and that is much more forgiving, and stays dry better
    My seamaster stays very dry inside, but it is balsa, so once salt did get in, you would never get it out.

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    RE: GP Seawind Electric from saltwater?

    Got it. Sounds like it will take quite a bit of maintenance to keep it from becoming junk- just like a boat!

    Thanks guys!
    Mike
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