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Old 22-06-2010, 15:42   #16
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Old 22-06-2010, 16:42   #17
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You just made a very good case in favor of spending hard earned money on a water maker! Good Show!
Actually hauling water is one of the few times I get a good workout and I enjoy it, once it's done and I'm having a beer!! A watermaker would just complicate life for me, more power requirements, one more piece of complicated equipment to maintain. Water is readily available in the Bahamas, you can buy it at the dock or lug your own RO water from the free standpipe. Since it's free I'll lug.
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In deference to the OP, I think the time has come to reveal the dark secret of Bahamas/Caribbean cruising. There is a phenomenon called Island Time. It is highly infectious; it interferes with productive work, especially boat chores; but it is otherwise quite wonderful; and it doesn't mean that you're not "busy." It is best explained by the highly entertaining logs of Don Boyd from Destiny Calls in 1998:
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Old 23-06-2010, 16:44   #19
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Water is readily available in the Bahamas, you can buy it at the dock or lug your own RO water from the free standpipe. Since it's free I'll lug.
Only if you spend all your time in the more populated (and crowded with cruisers) places. Many, many spectacular places in the Bahamas have no water available at all. Even islands not off the beaten path like Long Island have little to no easy water supply for cruisers. Some may have ancient wells or abandoned cisterns you could use in an emergency, but a water maker makes all the difference in how one explores and experiences the Bahamas. We spend all of our time there in places without water supplies, so the water maker is one of our best investments. And the time saved not hunting down water is spent hunting down dinner, so the whole day gets shot either way!

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Old 23-06-2010, 18:21   #20
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O. Many, many spectacular places in the Bahamas have no water available at all. Even islands not off the beaten path like Long Island have little to no easy water supply for cruisers. Some may have ancient wells or abandoned cisterns you could use in an emergency, but a water maker makes all the difference in how one explores and experiences the Bahamas. We spend all of our time there in places without water supplies, so the water maker is one of our best investments. And the time saved not hunting down water is spent hunting down dinner, so the whole day gets shot either way!

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Glad you like the watermaker. They are handy but I've never had a problem with water in the Bahamas. My present boat has 130 gals, the boat I used to cruise in held 150 gals. This is plenty for wherever you go in the Bahamas. Long island now has a plentiful supply of fresh water at Thonpson Bay. There's no need to "hunt down water" everyone knows what the water supply is everywhere. You're right most places don't have a good water supply but many other places do.
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As for chores try spending the morning lugging 100 plus gallons of water in jerry jugs. Beach the dink, up the hill, fill the jugs, down the hill (lugging two 6 1/2 gal jugs at a time), turn the dink around, push into deeper water, back to the boat, hump the jugs onto the deck, empty into the tanks, repeat four or five times! You'll wonder where the day went.
I think I'm ready to call it a day just reading about it!
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In deference to the OP, I think the time has come to reveal the dark secret of Bahamas/Caribbean cruising. There is a phenomenon called Island Time. It is highly infectious; it interferes with productive work, especially boat chores; but it is otherwise quite wonderful; and it doesn't mean that you're not "busy." It is best explained by the highly entertaining logs of Don Boyd from Destiny Calls in 1998:
This is a hilarious read - can you paste a link to his website / blogspot??
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Sorry, Don kept the web site up for about 10 years, but allowed it to expire recently. His logs were the inspiration which 'forced' us to go cruising. He is indeed hilarious, and an excellent example of the kind of attitude which makes for successful and fun cruising.

Fortunately I saved the above "installment". It is the kind of delightfully funny account which should be preserved forever.
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In deference to the OP, I think the time has come to reveal the dark secret of Bahamas/Caribbean cruising. There is a phenomenon called Island Time. It is highly infectious; it interferes with productive work, especially boat chores; but it is otherwise quite wonderful; and it doesn't mean that you're not "busy." It is best explained by the highly entertaining logs of Don Boyd from Destiny Calls in 1998:
Thanks for the morning laugh! I am saddened to hear that his website is no more. I'd have loved to have read all of it!
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You seem like the type that should stay working while we cruise. Somebody has to. It might as well be the type of person that wants to get back to work after a 2 week vacation.

What did I do today? Breakfast, a nap, too much CF, cleaned the running light socket on the bow, yakked with the neighbor about our boats swinging really close during the afternoon, napped, read a book, made a nice chicken curry lunch, sold some duty-free cases of beer to some friends, drank a few while they were here, thought about inflating the dink, had a rum cocktail, planned a cruise to Pulau, now I'm on CF again, feels like bedtime is coming up. A fine day. Never once did I feel like getting a job.
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Sorry, Don kept the web site up for about 10 years, but allowed it to expire recently. His logs were the inspiration which 'forced' us to go cruising. He is indeed hilarious, and an excellent example of the kind of attitude which makes for successful and fun cruising.
Can you post the old link and I will see if I can find it in the outer realms of the interweb history files

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No worries, I found the link

You can read SOME of his blog here
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Can you post the old link and I will see if I can find it in the outer realms of the interweb history files
Don's website used to be here: http://www3.sympatico.ca/destinycalls/

and his logs used to be on this site:

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Already posted the link above, but thanks anyway nosinglesource
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