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Old 05-10-2011, 10:45   #76
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Our complete fleet, no outboard usually, in the 1st photo. Or no dinghies and we walk, 2nd photo.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:56   #77
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I bought a 15in. charcoal filter from Home Depot for the house, and it was as good as bottled water. I then put a small inline filter on my garden hose to fill the boat. Same result. The water was slower, but the water was sweet.

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+1. The technology has not changed much regarding water filtration. The core technology is still good-ol activated charcoal. It is the basis of the Pur and all other faucet filters. What has changed is their marketing strategy. They now add "pharmaceuticals" to the list of things that it removes, but that has always been the case. Activated charcoal is great at removing all manner of small molecules like chlorine and drugs. The only thing you need in addition is a pre-filter to filter out particulates that will clog the activated carbon. The small faucet filters cannot hold as much activated charcoal and will need to be changed more often. So the best set-up is a larger in-line filter. You can buy the activated charcoal in bulk and change it when needed. If you also add a small amount of chlorine to the water each time you fill the tank, it will kill microorganisms and keep the tank smelling fresh. The chlorine will degrade, and any residual will be filtered out by the charcoal.
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Buy your liquid chlorine at a pool supply store. It is fresh compared to buying Clorox in the grocery store. If you want to use it for your clothes only use about 1/4 of what you would use normally. Unfortunately you may have to buy a large amount. If you get together with others you might bulk purchase and then split it at the boat (save that Clorox container.) It costs a lot less per gallon, too.
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and with chlorinated water you will continue to experience algae and protozoa and other things growing in the nice environment in those tanks. as well as yukky tasting water.......
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and with chlorinated water you will continue to experience algae and protozoa and other things growing in the nice environment in those tanks. as well as yukky tasting water.......
Actually, no you won't, if you use the correct amount. Chlorine will oxidize (burn) any organic molecule, and will be converted to the harmless chloride ion (think sodium chloride) in the process. So not only will it kill algae, protozoa and bacteria, it will eliminate the organic molecules they feed on. As far as taste, the chlorine will decay with time as it is used up, and if you use an activated charcoal filter, any taste will be filtered out.
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Actually, no you won't, if you use the correct amount. Chlorine will oxidize (burn) any organic molecule, and will be converted to the harmless chloride ion (think sodium chloride) in the process. So not only will it kill algae, protozoa and bacteria, it will eliminate the organic molecules they feed on. As far as taste, the chlorine will decay with time as it is used up, and if you use an activated charcoal filter, any taste will be filtered out.
gotta use a helluvalot, as chlorine is not gonna kill bad stuff--try drinking the chlorinated tapwater in mexico--as an example....LOL.. have fun. may you not HAVE to rely on chlorinated water to be without growing thingies, as it will not be.
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So what did live aboards do prior to the internet.
Oh get a wi fi booster as well. Alfa's are cheap and very good.
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Put all your CD's on a I pod or somthing similar.
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Until it leaves the dock, a boat is just substandard housing. Move it!
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Swill the wife down occasionally with a bucket of fresh water and soap. Makes her and the boat a much happier place.
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So what did live aboards do prior to the internet.
Oh get a wi fi booster as well. Alfa's are cheap and very good.
we actually worked and read----now we procrastinate and wonder where did markj go......
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Where did markJ go?
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Buy your liquid chlorine at a pool supply store. It is fresh compared to buying Clorox in the grocery store. If you want to use it for your clothes only use about 1/4 of what you would use normally. Unfortunately you may have to buy a large amount. If you get together with others you might bulk purchase and then split it at the boat (save that Clorox container.) It costs a lot less per gallon, too.

this is a good idea and the caution about volume is important.

clorex is 2-3% sodium hypochloride and 'shock' (pool bleach) is 12.5% sodium hypochloride.

the former you can put your hands in if needed. the 2nd you really should not.
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Re: Best Single Liveaboard Tip

Ignore all the comments about lifestyle choice.

-You're not a real cruiser if....
-Get rid of all non boat related possessions
-grow a beard
-shore power is for losers
-eat only pickled fish
-stand up while piloting dinghy
-shoot anything that gets too close
-be retired even if you can't afford it yet
-give up all shoreside amenities

It is possible to have a job, live aboard and go cruising for weeks or months each year. Its also unnecessary to give up all the shoreside activities you enjoy. Things like power tools, luggage, motorcycles, cars can easily be put in storage when not being used.

Its your life, enjoy it the best way you know how.
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Living onboard?
Step on shore, get a caravan. Cost of the boat ? Around 35 to 40k. You are not going enywhere, just parking at the marina. Cost of mooring in marine 3500 to 6000 a year. Only weekly cost in caravan park (and you can move out ant time). Laundry, shower, power - same as in caravan park. If you pay 35k minimum for a boat than this is around 120 dollars per week just for a petrol for around 5 years !
Camper van - you can move around a lot (if you wish) see places, park anywhere ( no marina costs).
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