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Old 08-06-2011, 22:06   #1
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Free water

I love sitting in my pilothouse after having a good shower in the rain.....giving the deck time to rinse clean then watching the water flow down into my fresh water tanks.

I have a filler that I can watch in the galley love watching it fill up feeling fresh from a great shower.

I shower on the port side of the deck, plugs some scuppers and use the deck to fill my tanks from the starboard side my open deck is an awesome collector for me.

Gotta love free clean fresh water!

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Old 08-06-2011, 22:55   #2
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Re: Free water

You do know that rain drops form around a speck of dust? But where you're at, it's probably better then then getting it from the shore.
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Old 09-06-2011, 00:11   #3
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Re: Free water

Del, you shouldn't rain on his parade. But now that you brought it up....you know that you breathe in far more`dust' particles than you drink....and besides.....those breathable dust particles are probably far worse for you, and could be carsinogenic. In Air Pollution speak, that blue haze you see in the distance, visually enhanced by the mountain ridges that make it change shades of blue to grey in the distance, is what they call PM-2.5 (Particulate matter less than 2.5 microns). It stays suspended in the air for weeks and when you breathe them they go right to the lower part of the lung where they are absorbed directly into the blood stream. At least Felix gets to filter his particles out through his kidneys. Tastier.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:42   #4
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And fortunately the air pollution is not to bad here... the drinking water I send through a 5 stage purifier gets it about as clean as it can washing water is just through a basic particulate filter.....

....but dam can't drink or breath without worrying now ......not !
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I'm with you sir. Just had a new bimini made with a few tweaks so I can capture rain water. Hauling 5 gal jugs in the dink is no fun and expensive.
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Re: Free water

All my other boats I used a eain catcher, figured too much dirtin deck from pollution and wind storms.

Still have the rain catcher in case the water maker breaks down..
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:56   #7
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Some of the purest water available falls from the sky. I love catching a shower in a squall after a bunch of days growing a salty crust, it feels like all the pores on your body open up and drink it in.
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Re: Free water

Here is my water cathcing project.
I have made the bits but havent tried it yet as its just short rain showers here, but later in the season there should be some solid rain.

The plastic hose has a screw in sink fitting that goes through a hole in my fordeck cover.

The plastic bucket is 2L/Qt.
The thick tube goes through the bottom into my water tank.

The catching tube puts water into the bucket and when that fills to the top of the thick tube, about 1.75 liters, it overflows down the thick tube into the tank.

The 1.75 catchment is to let sand/dirt settle out before going into the tank.

Well, thats the idea! I will see if it works soon (as soon as I fix the leak in my water tank!

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Old 09-06-2011, 10:46   #9
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If you hang it below the intersection of the boom and the main mast, you will get plenty of water coming off the main sail, we made a similar version out of a 5 gallon bucket and some garden hose fittings.
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was wondering if regular paper coffe filters are enough to filter rain water?
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Re: Free water

"We used our awning to catch rainwater. Let it rain for a bit then attached a hose to a thru-hull in the awning and filled our tanks. Didn't need to find another source of water for more than a year in French Polynesia. Only negative was we had to be at anchor to catch water.

Using the deck as a catchment source would work anytime but would probably want to scrub the deck down before diverting the water to the tanks. We had way less fall out from the atmosphere while out cruising than SoCal so decks stayed pretty clean. A little saltwater and a brushdown in anticipation of rainfall would increase the amount of rain you could catch. Forget filtering the water, rainwater is about as pure a source of water that there is if minimal care is taken before it's run to the tanks.
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Re: Free water

I get a kick out of cruisers unwilling to fill tanks with rain water. Then they pull into an underdeveloped island and fill from the hose. That water is coming from a cistern (read collected rain water) except it has a few dead frogs or other varmints in it.

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I get a kick out of cruisers unwilling to fill tanks with rain water.

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Hi George,

When we were in Malaysia I wanted to hire a local to polish the boats topsides.
They were pretty black with gunk.
I polished a square foot so I could show him what I expected.
That night it rained and the morning showed more black goop on the clean surface.
its wasn't dust, or ash, or sand. It was oily black goo.

We got the same stuff in Thailand too, but not as much. In both places it was every time it rained. It wouldn't wash off either. I finally got rid of it in the Caribbean.

So I would never, ever drink rain water near Asia.
here I am thinking of doing it because we are 2,600 N miles downwind of the poluted continent of Africa.

And I'll still be checking the water in my bucket first

The islands in the Pacifc would be fine too
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Hi George,

When we were in Malaysia I wanted to hire a local to polish the boats topsides.
They were pretty black with gunk.
I polished a square foot so I could show him what I expected.
That night it rained and the morning showed more black goop on the clean surface.
its wasn't dust, or ash, or sand. It was oily black goo.

We got the same stuff in Thailand too, but not as much. In both places it was every time it rained. It wouldn't wash off either. I finally got rid of it in the Caribbean.

So I would never, ever drink rain water near Asia.
here I am thinking of doing it because we are 2,600 N miles downwind of the poluted continent of Africa.

And I'll still be checking the water in my bucket first

The islands in the Pacifc would be fine too
This is freeken me out!!!....why I want to see the world before thers nothing left to see.
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Asia must really be going down hill. The 7 years we lived there (76-83) we spent a lot of time in Malaysia SCUBA diving. Drank lots of rain water without black goop.

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