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Bob Harland
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Stainless steel can corrode. It is quite common to see rust stains on boats from stainless fittings. So what you are seeing may be quite normal.
More info here http://www.estainlesssteel.com/corrosion.shtml
It is also very easy for stainless steel to be contaminated during manufacture – contact with (normal) steel tooling for instance. This will leave particles of steel that will quickly rust.

It may be sufficient to burnish off the rust. Then be careful to fully rinse any salt water off the boat after use. Sponge the boat dry and make sure the cover keeps out as much water as possible.

Hope that helps.
bob