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Anyone who doesn't rinse the saltwater off their metal detector, fishing equipment, etc. with fresh water after using is asking for corrosion problems.  If you are using the stock aluminum shaft in saltwater, take it apart and rinse it, let it dry before putting it back together.  Better yet, invest in one of the carbon fiber shafts.  Besides rinsing the headphone connector, remove the 4 screws that hold the control pod onto the shaft and check that for corrosion periodically - the screw bosses in the control pod handle are brass.  The anti-corrosion sprays, as mentioned by others, are worth the investment - apply after rinsing and drying.

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