Having a 'budget' is different than not having an extra $400 to spend on something that a person might consider a luxury. That is, if that person wants to go cruising anytime soon...
I've cheaped out on a lot of things. 90% of which have turned out to be just fine. I'd like to make upgrades in the future. But these things work well enough to get me where I want to go. For example, my cheap solar
setup. If my $40 controller and $80 solar
panel get me through the next year or two (which I'm confident they will) then it will have been money
well spent. I can upgrade later when I have the money. If I never have the money, then I'll do it again when necessary.
The pressure pump was cheap enough (had to replace the 37 year old pump), but I will definitely be skipping the hot water heater for the forseeable future.
It was cheaper for me to buy a new jabsco electric pump
, than it was to buy a foot pump and replumb stuff. So I went with the electric pump
. From my perspective, a foot pump is 'doing it right'. But I did what cost the least at the time. I'll add a foot pump later when I have the 'extra' money to spend....
Foot pumps are not much cheaper than electric
pumps, if at all... So, it's really not about price
(unless you're re-plumbing everything to accomplish it). It's also not about the electrical
usage, or the 'luxury' of having it, its about the water usage on a smallish boat with smallish tanks
If you're tanks
are large enough to give you showers, and everything else, then go for it. But for a 'budget' setup, go with what you have, or whatever will get you to you're goal the quickest/cheapest. Upgrade when possible.
If I saved up enough to do every single project
the 'right' way. I'd be working on this boat for the next 3 years. Instead, I'll happily risk the possibility of wasting a few hundred dollars (total), or simply doing without, in exchange for heading to my next destination
as soon as possible.