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Old 08-09-2008, 10:41   #1
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Drinking Hanna

Well, we caught some of our first rainwater from Hanna and drank it directly out of the collector, rather than putting it into our tanks.

The water was the best I'd ever had...

Due to the taste alone, we are stepping up rainwater collection on this boat.
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Well, we caught some of our first rainwater from Hanna and drank it directly out of the collector, rather than putting it into our tanks.

The water was the best I'd ever had...

Due to the taste alone, we are stepping up rainwater collection on this boat.
Has anyone else done much rainwater collection on their boat?
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:31   #3
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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.
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Rainwater.

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.

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Old 08-09-2008, 16:09   #5
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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.
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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.
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Lived in NZ for 20 years mostly always had rain water for my domestic, taught me how to be water frugal. It is part of my plan to install a rain water collection system in my Stevens rebuild. Jack
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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 .
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