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BTW, 304 and 316 are both austentitic forms of marine grade stainless and non-magnetic...so the magnet test does little to tell you which it is. The cheaper, non-marine grade martenistic stainless steels are magnetic...and really should be avoided on a boat.

While 304 is a bit stronger (about 15% or so IIRC) than 316, the fact that it is far less corrosion resistant and prone to chloride ion stress cracking makes 316 a much better choice on a boat.
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