My wife and I have been on board 23 years. We have spent a lot of years cruising. A couple trips to Alaska
, 18 months in Mexico
and then a circumnavigation
. IF you cannot get the salt
off of you, out of your clothes, towels, etc, you will be miserable. I think the wet wipes are good for a short camping trip but not for cruising. You can count on your shorts getting wet from riding in the dinghy
. IF you cannot rinse them, they will never dry. The ocean is very different than the lakes. There are lots of little organisms in ocean water and they will be on you and your clothing
when you get out of the water.
We met a lot of boats while cruising. We had a saying - We are NOT camping around the world. We met a LOT of boats with lots of different "romantic notions" of what life SHOULD be like on the ocean. And, sadly, many of the boats we met quit cruising or turned into single-handers. . You and your BF need to decide how you want to cruise
. Once you decide that, you can then decide how you plan on getting water, what kind of food
you plan to eat, what level of comfort you want and what level of discomfort is not acceptable. If you plan to be close to shore water supply most of the time, maybe you can live without a watermaker
. The Pardeys have cruised for a very long time on a very simple boat. They love it. We would hate it.
Our "not camping around the world" means that we require a water maker. This allows us to not have to go in every few days for water. We started cruising with a PUR 80. It was affordable and easy to install made enough water to live on (drink, shower
, and rinse critical stuff like the scuba
gear". We collected water off the awnings in the tropics when it rained. When in marinas
, we did take on local water and bleach it to kill the local bacteria. Worked well. Our Pur 80 lasted about 10 years with only a bit of maintenance
We have been home working for about 10 years and have been getting ready to head
out again. Bought a PUR 150. Nice unit with lots of automation and convenience. But it is a little twitchy. There are times when I sometimes yurn for the simplicity of the PUR 80 (or 40). Just only run it in clean ocean water way from land. Maintaining the outboard motor
, the head
and a couple of other boat systems was much harder than dealing with the PUR.