Has anyone ever downgraded their water
system on here?
After living aboard
for a number of years, we have found the following:
1) We don't use a hot water
heater - if we need some, we just put it on the stove or use a Sun Shower
2) In the winter, we will be away from time to time this year - I have at least one delivery
scheduled and the wife will travel at times. This means winterizing the fresh water system for both work travel and for our snowboarding vacation
. Not desirable.
3) Last year, while I was on the delivery
for our new boat, my wife was behind in the old "land boat" (RV) and had the fresh water system freeze up when she was off at work. She ended up jugging water and didn't mind at all. She said she prefers jugging it to having a plumbing
4) We have a terrible taste in our water that we can't get out, regardless of how many times I clean/bleach/flush the water system.
5) Our stainless steel
50 gallon water tanks
(x2) are both showing a fair amount of rust around the welds. They are 25 years old and take up the bilge
in a way that allows very little to no access to the bilges. I'd like to store some heavy items down there and be able to access all parts
of my bilge
Looking at all the factors above, I came up with the following:
*Get rid of the stainless steel tanks
, providing access to the bilge
*Use 8 jerry cans of water, stowed in each bilge, leaving a very large amount of room for other heavy items, such as chain saw, maul, etc...
system, but in place of existing elevated propane
hot water heater, put a 2-5 gallon day tank, creating a gravity system that doesn't need electricity to operate. Day tank can be filled via a deck
fitting that already exists for the exhaust
of the current propane
hot water heater. Also, rainwater collection can be routed to this deck
fitting. Rainwater that is more than 2-5 gals can be lead off via a filling hose to fill jugs (manually).
Anyone see any holes in this, aside from the obvious need to install a new freshwater system if we ever sold the boat?
*No winterization needed if we are away - just run the water out
*Can move jugs around in bilge to access various areas
*Opens up lower areas (below waterline) for storage
of heavy items
*Never need to buy a pump or other plumbing supplies