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Washing the deck--is salt water o.k?

My fibreglass boat is moored at a coastal ocean slip without access to fresh water at the dock. Is it o.k. to wash the deck with salt water, or will this do more harm than good, by leaving salt crystals behind or promoting corrosion on the fittings? Any advice?
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Smile Try this cruiser's trick

As a liveaboard cruiser I often find the need to wash down the boat while hoarding our precious supply of fresh water. A trick for doing this is to put a dollop of vinegar in a bucket of salt water and rinse with this after you've done the washing. This eliminates the salt crystals that usually form after the salt water has dried. A quick wipe down of the stainless with a chamois helps prevent corrosion. This also works on the body as a final rinse .. but then when you apply suntan lotion you smell like salad dressing

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