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Old 09-02-2007, 10:40   #1
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Recomendations for water storage

I only have a 20 gallon tank capacity onboard my boat so i was looking for some recomendations for storing water below. I have herd of the blatters that you can put in compartments but I would rather go with somthing more portable. I may be in the Bahamas this spring any recomendations on how much water capacity I Need? and recomendations on good cheap water storage?
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:49   #2
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Well, if you want cheap and more portable than bladders you are left basically with jugs. We have (qty 3) 6 gallon jugs from Wal-Mart we use to jug water to our main tanks if we are not in hose reach. These jugs could be used to store water and cost something like $4 each, I think.

Almost double your water supply for $12.

You'd just need to find a way to secure them.
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:51   #3
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That was fast, thanks for the info.
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Old 09-02-2007, 11:26   #4
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Actually, Sean, if you are referring to the Blue "Aquatainers" (square), they are about $9 here in California - at WalMart ...

Iain - As I posted on your other question, WalMart is also a good place for your fuel containers.
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Ok... $9. Must have been an inverted memory changing the 9 to a 6.

Oddly, they are reasonable containers that have worked well for us. Good bargain.
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You just want to be sure they are secured so they can't move. Anything that heavy loose could be a danger when it rock n rolls.
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Old 09-02-2007, 19:12   #7
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I just got 3 from wal-mart they were 6.97 ea. better than the 13.99 at boaters world, and 10 somthing at low's. Im also looking for some gas containers of the same shape but couldn't find any
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20 gallons for long range/term cruising! That's going to be... interesting. Depending on the time you go, there may be occassions when you can't get off your boat, safely, for a week. Taking the jugs to shore to get water to fill the tanks, every 3rd day or so. I know it can be done, but....

Oh well, guess we have gotten too spoiled!

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Ah.... so they *were* $6. My memory wasn't failing. Guess you CA people are getting jacked on your water jugs.
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After the adational 18 gallons from the cans ill have 38 gallons or so for 2 people thats 19 gallons each i would imagine we could go longer than 3 days mabye closer to a week?
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Sounds about right to me. We do 35 gals per week, including dishes done in fresh water. However, we are installing a saltwater pump in the galley to cut down.
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Yeah .. we KNOW we are getting jacked .. but their overheads are higher too ... :::shrug::: EVERYTHING is higher priced here ..
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Higher overhead than NY?
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It is very doable, but I guess I didn't see too many cruisers with that small a capacity. I'd carry at least two 5 gallon cans.

Yes; We are not very water conservative. We use about 10-15 gallons a day between the two of us. But we also take showers, usually together, that helps save a little.

We have 125 gallons of tankage in two tanks. One one hundred gallon tank and one 25 gallon reserve. I was going to remove the reserve when I got the watermaker, except there was this one time a fitting broke on a hose and we flushed all the water out via a bilge pump! So now we turn off the water pump when underway, and keep the reserve topped off.
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After the adational 18 gallons from the cans ill have 38 gallons or so for 2 people thats 19 gallons each i would imagine we could go longer than 3 days mabye closer to a week?
I go through about 25 gallons a week. Having the seawater pump at the galley sink really helps cut down on freshwater usage.
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