We have a small watermaker (Pur 40); use it for drinking water
only and store that in bottles.
Have 170 gallons in water tanks
, which we don't use for drinking, and that's what we fill up whenever we have a chance. We can go one month on our water tanks
, using water liberally.
Staniel Cay has good water (Watermakers company is based there), Emerald Bay has good water as well, usually cheaper than Staniel Cay but no anchorage - good to go in for one night, do free laundry
, get water, and leave if you can get out the tight entrance. Check the weather
first. Black Point has free water from a pump that you can haul away in cans (not sure if I'd drink it). George Town has free water at the George Town Dinghy Dock
- again you have to haul it in cans, or like one enterprising friend, into a huge bladder in your dinghy which you siphon back into your tanks. You can also get water at Exuma Docks although their outlets are less reliable. And if you go to Long Island
, the fuel dock
there has water - don't recall
, but reasonable. If you have a deep draft
, you'll have to go in there on a high tide. There's a well at Shroud
Cay (check the Pavlidis cruising guide) but you'd have to be desperate to use that water.
We rig up a catchment system on our boat, and in a heavy downpour can fill our tanks in (no joke) 20 minutes. I couldn't believe this, but it works. The catchment system is a beach towel half-circled around each of our two water intake fills (We are a catamaran
with good deckfill access.. Good to think about if you get in that rare rainstorm at anchor
Have fun in the Exumas!