Are You Using the Right Grade of Stainless Steel Fasteners on Your Boat?

Ensuring you’ve invested in the right fasteners for your boat is of the utmost importance. This is especially true if your boat has been designed for marine use on salt water. Salt water, as we’re sure you already know, is extremely corrosive in nature and affects just about every type of metal out there and so it is important that you educate yourself and make use of the correct grade of stainless steel fasteners for your specific boat.

Below we’ll take a closer look at some of the stainless steel fasteners manufacturers’ grades you should be looking at.

Deck Components

Deck components such as deck eyes, brackets and equipment housing should make use of austenitic stainless steel grades 1.4401, 1.4404 and 1.4542. These grades should suffice on the deck of your craft while doing a sound job of resisting corrosion above the water. This positively affects both the structural integrity of parts of the boat as well as aesthetics.

Submerged Components

Submerged components are obviously going to be subject to even harsher conditions. Ordinary metals would corrode incredibly quickly if submerged in seawater for just a few months. You therefore need to ensure you’ve invested in the right grade of stainless steel fasteners attached to the hull of your vessel. Ideally you’d like an austenitic stainless steel with at least 6% molybdenum at grades 1.4547 and 1.4529.
Contact the team at Marsh Fasteners today to learn more about acquiring suitable stainless steel fasteners wholesale – giving you lasting and effective use on your boat, all at the best possible prices.

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