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Probably the principkle advantage of a fresh water boat is that, in most areas, it is in the water for less than six months per year. If you are in a northern clime and lose the ability/desire to sail, you haul your boat out and store it, as leaving it afloat is not an option. If you are in the same situation in salt water, it is possible to leave the boat in the water, and the degradation of components continues apace. The humidity and alkalinity of a salt water environment play havoc with many parts of the boat, seen and unseen.
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You could have a boat in a large lake down south that stayed in the water year round... That really isn't the advantage of freshwater... it is the fact that a freshwater boat isn't exposed to salt...

Most boats in my neck of the woods are saltwater boats, and they're only in the water for six or seven months a year or so.
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Saltwater is hard on a boat, and a lot of "stainless steel" that is serviceable in fresh water will rust when used on the sea. The only time a saltwater boat is preferable is if you are buying a wooden hull (that has not been further south than Maryland). The salt water "pickles" the wood and the boats last much longer than they do in fresh water - however, when you go south the teredo worms will rapidly chew your hull away until you are left clinging to your spars and croaking for help...
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