Just a thought, but if you meant it literally when you said it was your 'new boat', wouldn't it be a warranty issue with the builder ?
I've always pickled the membrane right after installing it. That way, the customer has to put the unit back into service instead of just turning it on. Besides, I'm usually doing that kind of stuff in the off season, so it's likely to sit for a few months anyway.
It surprises me that the same wasn't done in your case - I would think that's a no-brainer.
"Verbosity leads to unclear inarticulate things"