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Old 12-12-2012, 08:46   #31
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I suspect all decks are not the same!
--and most assuredly, not all roofs, but we talking boats here.
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So you think water should not be collected from the poop deck?
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:11   #33
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Yes, I couldnt put it better!
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Old 13-01-2015, 12:26   #34
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Re: Water Collection System

We have a raincollector on our Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi, but I don't see how to
put it up correctly without the wind blowing most of the water out???
the thing was made for this catamaran and has the water outlet in one of the corners which if I think I am right is at the front fixed to the genua, the other
end at the mast and the other two corners on either side of the boat?
But the wind blows the thing up far too much and uncomfortable at night!!
ANYBODY HAVE A CLUE OR SOME PHOTOOS!!
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Old 23-01-2015, 20:46   #35
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Re: Water Collection System

A good friend left PNW 25 years ago with a water maker. Sold it for half price in Fji. Lived off canned beer and soda. Water from the rain were for washing and shower. Every year he would clean out the stuff left in the tank. There was no filter.

When the dry season catches up, he would have to dinghy water from shore.

On another boat, a 40' 3 ply kauri center board would have an awning with funnel built into it. When it rains, the owner would route the hose to a jerry can first.

Anyway, I was told one boat owner who had one routed rain water into his tanks, left for shore. Rain came and fill up the boat to floorboard! lol. Don't know what happened to his automatic bilge pump.
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A good friend left PNW 25 years ago with a water maker. Sold it for half price in Fji. Lived off canned beer and soda. Water from the rain were for washing and shower. Every year he would clean out the stuff left in the tank. There was no filter.

When the dry season catches up, he would have to dinghy water from shore.

On another boat, a 40' 3 ply kauri center board would have an awning with funnel built into it. When it rains, the owner would route the hose to a jerry can first.

Anyway, I was told one boat owner who had one routed rain water into his tanks, left for shore. Rain came and fill up the boat to floorboard! lol.
Actually, many of us do not leave them set on automatic. If you have not installed a bilge alarm, you want to be in control of when the pump runs because you want to stay aware of the rate at which the boat takes on water. When you leave it set on automatic, you never know how much it runs. How often and for how long it runs is what leads to eventual failure. At least for us, it is a situation we want to stay on top of.

However, we do leave them on when we have to leave the boat for extended periods.

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Re: Water Collection System

For more than a year cruising French Polynesia caught rainwater from our awning. Never had to schlep water to the boat, never had a problem with the water though did periodically treat it with bleach, no filter.

There are 17,900 households living on catchment water on the Island of Hawaii. Bermuda households get there water from catchment. The houses are built with metal roofing and gutters to catch the water and send it to above ground catchment tanks on the Big Island, Bermuda houses are built with underground cisterns. A filter is a nice to have item and treating the catchment tank with chlorine periodically isn't a bad. Many of the people on the Big Island drink the water straight from the sky, to tank, to the tap with no precautions.
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Re: Water Collection System

roverhi,

You're right. People out here live on catchment, too, but some are slack with "normal" tank maintenance. They do get dirty, sometimes contaminated with dead bird bodies, or rats. It is well for them to be occasionally cleaned. But, with maintenance, the water's just fine. No worries, really. Friends here in Queensland, use their catchment water for their tea, and well water for the rest.

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Re: Water Collection System

Still an apropos subject. I would like to filter the rain water before going into our tanks. Seeing that the bimini is about 5 feet above tanks, is there a filter that will handle a decent flow with this little head pressure?
We left the first flow just flow into the scuppers to wash out the salt and occasional dirt/bid droppings that make it up there.
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