Originally Posted by Greenhand
Start getting rid of stuff now.
Have everyone go through their closets and toy chests and identify everything they haven't worn in a year, won't fit into next time that season comes around, or haven't played with in 3 months.
That is, shed off the first, easy layer now and everyone will have time to imagine not having something they cling to now. Purging gets easier with practice.
Good advice. It is a kind of psychological preparation that may ease the transition for all.
Not to cause an argument, but it seems that some people are relying on watermakers to unfailingly provide water
for everything (drinking, bathing, laundry
, hosing down the boat). Usually powered by genset. However, if your genset breaks down on a passage
, you may be faced with a drinking water emergency
if you can't fix it. However, if you learn to live on 1/2 gal. per day per person, assuming adequate water tankage, you will never be challenged in that particular way, plus saving the stowage space aboard (for genset and water maker) for storing whatever it is you need to store.
One can bathe and wash dishes in salt water
, and many older cruising boat had a salt water
pump to the galley
is stored and washed when one gets to shore. This is how we've done it for 25 yrs. The idea may not appeal to some, but I think that this, too, is a personal choice. One can learn to keep clean on 1 cup fresh water per day [you choose when and how to spend it]. To choose to do it, that's something else. A lot of people say something like they don't want to be camping on a boat, but nowhere is it written that we have a birthright to unlimited fresh water.
Finally, both genset and watermaker
require that you carry spare parts
for them, and they have to be maintained. When I look at that, I envision Jim groveling in tight places, struggling with stuff: the increased complexity has costs. It takes time that could be more happily spent snorkeling, or exploring. There are some who will hire it done. So greater complexity inevitably yields greater costs, either, space considerations, $$, or personal work, or a mix.
It was no great secret before, but while I'd love to have unlimited fresh water, in fact, I might be a bit of a minimalist in this respect: it is better to me to forego the water than to subject Jim to what I *know* will happen sooner or later. How do I know? Spent 2 weeks aboard a boat equipped with a 20 gal/hr water maker and the skipper
was every other day, working on the genset. He was never grumpy about it, but he sure didn't get to play as much as the rest of us. Subsequently replaced the water maker, too.....more costs.