Cruising in the Tropics, we did very nicely with 80 gallons of water
. Seldom if ever used more than 40 gallons before getting a refill from the heavens. Never had to lug water
to the boat in a year in French Polynesia
. Had our awning rigged with boat through hulls and caught water into the tanks
with the passing showers. That won't be possible in arid regions like Baja
but we used so little fresh water that we could go for months without needing to worry about a refill even without catchment water.
As far as clean, didn't have a problem with staying clean with salt water
. Snorkeled every day and didn't have to lather down to get the crud off. An hour or two in the water took care of 'clean' without soap. When we felt the need would lather up with salt water
soap like Joy and rinse off with fresh water but that was mostly from a rain shower
. With the camping towels available today, you can dry off and remove most of the salt
. They are very light weight and dry instantly. Shaking in the wind
tends to remove most of the salt
accumulation and an occasional rinse in freshwater makes them as good as new. The only time we took freshwater showers was the very short times we spent in Papeete and didn't want to swim in the yucky looking water at the Quai. They had fresh water showers so we used them.
Originally Posted by Sea Dreaming
But what of the cost benefit analysis? Water makers are not cheap
and there is maintenance
too. Does the convenience out weigh the cost?
Im actually very pro water maker. But my BF is not. I would like to give him solid answers as to why a water is maker is better.
We will seldom use a marina and so lug water we will! That does not sound like fun to me! And, as I understand it, water is not very cheap
everywhere either. So it will "cost" in time, energy expenditure and financially too. But are these arguments realistic justifications for a water maker?