We carry 6 5 gal. jugs in our rear bulkhead. Our old bimini had a spout built in. A hose clipped to it, and ran down to the compartment holding the tanks. I have as of yet put a fitting on the new cloth.
When it's pouring it doesn't take long to fill all the jugs. We used it with great success for 2 years. Using the water for showering wastefully. Saving the watermaker for drinking.
When we lived ashore in Bocas del Toro, Panama (mid 90's), fresh water delivery pipes from the lake were famously unreliable, due to upheavals during the earthquakes a few years earlier. Since the air was very clean, rain barrels collected roof water for most houses via pipe and insect screening.
Delicious, untreated and always ready.
And not something I'd try in some parts of the US.
.....and when the leeward ama takes water over the deck, you should have reefed already.....jim brown.
My S.O.'s parents live on board their Adams 40. They have an extensive bimini with specially made stainless steel "gutters" that catch all the rainwater that runs off it and directs it, via downpipes, into jerry-jugs.
AT LAST. Collect the natural stuff, process the unatural when it's not available.
The first step to Global Cooling or just enriching your flavour buds.
Even a small tank with solar/water heating can make washing off the salty shower so pleasant and for those whose partners have hair you'll have to do the installation at home too.
Ex Prout 31 Sailor, Now it's a 22ft Jaguar called 'Arfur' here in sunny Southampton, UK.
A few places left in Quayside Marina and Kemps Marina.
Has anyone else done much rainwater collection on their boat?
Yes. Nice to drink as you say. Also nice to bathe in too, makes ones hair fluffy and soft when washing - well, for me, even for the little hair I have left but my wife assures me is the same for hairier types too .