Many interesting answers! Well I might as well have a separate tank, must it be stainless or is Polyethene ok? The soft ones, I am worried about them breaking. Stainless steel
is stainless steel
. Doesn't break easily.
A separated tank with its own valve, filled by pulling the hose down into the boat. For drinking purposes.
We won't buy a watermaker. If we ever do the round the world
trip, we will (and get a 53 feet Bruce Roberts
or similar...). Trying to keep costs down a bit this time.
I thought you would be using the bought water first, and only use the water tanks when you run out of bought water? Seen pictures of people having bought water bottles all over the saloon
floor, having to climb over them. That's perfectly alright I suppose.
The way we do it (or should I say did it, with previous 30 feet boat, but the same goes for our Norlin 37 I suppose) here in the Baltic
Archipelago (Eastern Swedish coast) when we are out say six weeks in a row in the summer, is that we top up in marinas
once in a while. We always cook, unless in dirty marinas
, in salt
water. We do the dishes in salt water. We have hot water in the galley
from the engine
(this boat, not previous one, we boiled water for the dishes, or tried washing up with cold sea water, with limited success...).
We usually hang out in natural harbours (= no cost + nice) so water is pretty clean. And you don't have to add so much salt when boiling pasta also...
I cleaned myself after 3 days in a row of sailing last weekend by using a plastic bottle of 1,5 litres, filled it half with water from our hot water tank (15 l). The hot water tank is heated when running the engine
and keeps hot for 8 hours or so. The other half I was cold sea water. Makes it reasonably warm.
Pour it over yourself, then add shampoo and soap for hair and body. You do this either in the cockpit
or on the bridge, cliffs or whereever you are. Next, you pour another 1,5 l bottle of warm water over yourself. Short hair is a bonus.
Still some schampoo left, so I jumped into the 10 degrees sea water for a minute. You get goose bumps but it's nice afterwards. Make sure to have the diesel
heater running inside the boat. Or if it's sunny, find a place with no wind
. To get warm fast afterwards.
I don't find it that problematic, as some people seem to do, with using salt water all the time.
For the teeth, I rinse them using salt water the first 2-3 times after having a toothbrush. Tastes no good, but I am not swallowing it. Final time I take some fresh water and rinse the mouth.
That's how we do it over here. Might as well work when underway going south I suppose? And in marinas (will be quite a few going from Sweden
-> Las Palmas) you have all the luxuries: showers, saunas etc.
We have a dinghy so we can buy water with it once we're over in the Carribbean I suppose.
As a side note, nobody ever buys water in Sweden
. If you ever go here - it's quite expensive to buy bottled water, but you can drink the tap water everywhere so no need... In most European cities I've been you can drink the tap water. It's different in the Carribbean I suppose.