Originally Posted by couple2sail
I have been paying close attention to the water
capacity of any boat that I have lusted after in this process. We are attending the Annapolis Boat show
again this year to get a better feel on what we "think" we want in a live aboard/cruiser.
I appreciate your opinions.. Thank you..
Firstly, we came across Beneteau's in the Pacific that had started in Europe
and sailed all the way. These were of varying sizes and ages. At the time we went through, around 2006/7 the average size of sailboats transiting Panama
was 45 foot. We met a Beneteau
38 I think a number of times in the Pacific where the owners had bought the ex charter
boat in the Caribbean
and were sailing home to NZ. If you're thinking of a Pacific crossing then there are plenty of Hunters and Beneteau's that have and are doing it.
capacity was woeful with only 50 gallons for the main and a generator
. We ended up with 6 x 5 gallon jugs on deck
which were a pain. The water
tankage was around 100 gallons which was also light when we estimated 8 gallons per day for drinking, washing
(minimal!) and cooking
. The Galapagos
was 21 days so without a watermaker
we would have run out. I think plenty of solar panels
and a DC watermaker
will overcome the lack of water capacity.
One of my mistakes
was thinking the wind generator
would greatly assist in battery charging
while in reality, other than at anchor
or sailing the islands it was just an ornament. When running on the Pacific crossing it did very little.
You spend most time in the cockpit
so making it dry was important to us. Fatigue from watchkeeping is compounded if you're tired AND wet.