Originally Posted by colemj
But 66 gal a day? How often do you go through water
pumps? Do you leave the water running continuously during showers?
I'm not judging you - I just can't imagine where 66 gal/day would go on our boat even if we washed it regularly and somehow took even more showers than we do (we take multiple showers each day now). We just bought a 30gph watermaker
because we plan to use more fresh water washing
the boat, etc. Even then, we estimate our water usage going up to 15 gal/day - maybe 20 during dry season and a salty boat.
I have no problem even if you were judging me Mark ... we do things the way we like to do them and thats how much water we go through.
We have been through two deck
wash pumps and other than that have not yet been through any other pumps.
Since we sail regularly, live onboard and are fanatical about getting rid of any salt
on the boat, we use water liberally on the boat and the dinghy
and flush the dinghy engine
When the chain is hoisted, we also flush the chain and the locker with fresh water as well as all winches, pulleys etc. etc.
We also clean the hulls with fresh water at anchor
We have heard so many sailors complain that their anti-foul looses 'performance' around the waterline, but then again they do not realise the harsh soaps they use to clean their decks destroys the active ingredient of the anit-foul on and above the water line. For this reason we use a lot of fresh water to make sure all chemicals are removed from the anti-foul with every clean.
It really shows in that our anti-foul performs better at water level than most sailors we chat to about this.
We have a multi-hull (45ft) with a 'bridge' - thats plenty enough of a surface.
Ana also cleans the inside daily with water / vinegar solution.
I sweat a lot ... it just seems my body struggles with hot climates so I change clothes regularly. Ana loves crisp, clean linen on the beds and so we use our washing
What do you do with you toilets? Ours are automatic flush but bring in sea water which eventually creates a smell we do not like, so, the last flush of the toilet is with fresh water and it makes a huge difference and reduces crystal build up in the sanitary pipes which as you know happens when salt water
and urine combine in lines that are not thoroughly flushed all the way through. Speaking with other cruisers, we do not have these issues.
There are also those 'small things' that contribute to usage ... for example ... the air purifiers which does not take much water but is used daily with freshner to absorb dirt and smell from the atmosphere and create a freshness throughout the boat. And then if one wants to 'split hairs' over water usage, our watermaker
does reverse flush cycles which I do every hour or two whilst making water as I have noticed that our filters last as much as 3-4 times longer when doing this.
As crazy as it sounds though, we live in a very clean environment
, our boat is meticulously maintained and water is essential for this.
I am not sure there are many sailors who go to the lengths we do but our routine makes for quick work but a daily discipline and use of water. I could write an essay about this such as cleaning
the track car roller bearings by flushing
with fresh water and so on but would become rather boring.
Some sailors say they get tired just watching us cleaning
our boat early in the morning but then again when they set foot on our boat we hear a lot of 'oohs and aahs' and when we hauled our boat in Raiatea now for the hurricane
season the person who takes care of it for us told us she has not received a better kept boat in all her years of doing this. She thought Impi was less than a year old and for me a huge contributor is the fact that we view salt
as the enemy and use a lot of fresh water ... why ... because we can!