This brings up a question I had while there this weekend... What is the best way to store your motor while beached at night camping? I was contemplating lifting it completely out of the water but then thought it could still get below freezing at night. Am I overthinking it? Im assuming theyd need longer than a night to cling and start growing? Or can adults drift from placement to placement? Man these things suck.Wow, that's a really good argument to NOT let your boat sit in the water - that water intake looks 80% blocked. It looks like a rental boat? Is it?
It's not the adults that you have to worry about (relatively speaking). It's the veligers. Once a female mussels eggs are fertilized veligers develop within a few days. These veligers free swim, or float, for 3-4 weeks while trying to find suitable substrate to attach to. Once attached, they then grow into an adult. You could have veligers attach to your boat in a matter of minutes after putting it on the water. Your engine can "suck" up a population of veligers immediately. Parking your boat overnight, whether you lift the motor out of the water or not, is certainly a risk. Once that water is in your engine, you risk mussels inside your engine. What's that old saying? "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Those pics I posted of the engine with mussels -- I wonder what's under that gear housing and inside the engine?!Im assuming theyd need longer than a night to cling and start growing? Or can adults drift from placement to placement? Man these things suck.
Well said, echoes my concerns exactly."These veligers free swim, or float, for 3-4 weeks while trying to find suitable substrate to attach to."
No new info but for me my main concern now is giving my boat its greatest chance while it now sits in my driveway after a Powell trip and not being deconed. The above sentence gives credence to the concern of standing water and dry times (I know, duh), but if I can make sure there isn't standing water in the engine or anywhere else in the boat I can find my sanity again. I was honestly contemplating boiling a huge pot of water and pouring it into the intake and overflow hoses of our livewell, but then what if that somehow left standing water?
The whole situation sucks, but I think I can sleep at night if my boat is dry. I guess actually seeing them in person now brings a whole new reality to it.
There's going to be a lot of people going to Powell this year that will have their eyes opened to a problem the State has been warning about for a long time. In my opinion, anglers have been the only boating group that understood the impact that these invasives introduce. I wonder if water levels rise like expected, if the recreational crowd will get 1 more year of naive ignorance before they'll see what mussels really are?I guess actually seeing them in person now brings a whole new reality to it.