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Re: How do you swab your fiberglass deck?
I found the best way to make swabbing the decks easier, much easier, is to DITCH THE BUCKET. I hate moving and kicking a bucket around a sailboat's deck.
Instead of using a bucket (in which, presumably you've mixed water with your favorite cleaner), use a spray bottle that you tie to your belt with a length of cord. Once tied, the bottle should hang free from your belt by about six inches. The bottle should be filled with your favorite cleaner, full strength.
Make sure you have your water hose equipped with a plastic squeeze sprayer so if you drop it you won't take chips out of your gelcoat. The big trigger on the hose sprayer will allow you to hook in on your lifelines when you're not using it.
Thus equipped, rinse the portion of the boat you're ready to clean (like the forepeak). Then use your waist/cleaner spray bottle to mist your boat brush. Scrub. Rinse. Move on.
Alternatively, if your spray bottle allows for a "stream", you can spray your deck directly with it and avoid having to lift your boat brush up to the spray bottle.
Either way, you don't spray very much, as you're using it full strength.
My current favorite for deck washing is Starbrite Non-Skid cleaner.