We had 3-100g water tanks
. I can't remember too many times that we had to get shore water
. We had a rain catcher rigged up that could take on 100g per hour in a good tropical rain. If we were down to one tank, we would take rain water from our awning (after it rained for long enough to clean it off). We've taken on 200g in under an hour.
I have always advocated keeping enough rice, packaged dried food
, canned food, canned milk, powdered milk and canned butter on board to last 3 months (minimum
, while cruising). We usually had enough for 6 months (and rotated it). We also always had sprouts growing and we always made our own yogurt (from powdered milk).
Good planning can keep you from having to go into "Survival mode". From what I have observed over the years is, that most people that get extracted from their vessel have done so due to a lack of planning and panic.
In most cases, a vessel can be severely damaged and the skipper
could have made it to land and just felt too overwhelmed with dispair to try.
In a recent case that I saw, the vessel had been rolled, lost
her mizzen mast
and 70% of the main mast
. He was 300 miles off-shore. If you can only make 1/2kt....24-hours a day, that's less than 30 days to make 300 miles. That should not be a reason to abandon ship IMO.
People get mentally overwhelmed because of a lack of facing the fact that these things can happen and having a plan to deal with it.
One more time, I will say....never leave home without a parachute sea anchor
. In most
cases that I have seen, a $600 sea anchor
(or whatever they cost these days) would make the difference between being able to get things under control on your own and having to abandon ship. That is the #1 best survival tool that any sailor could own. IMHO....far more important than a liferaft
(that'll get me some flack). There are very few stories of survival in a liferaft