We currently carry 150 gallons of water
. A mid tank of 40 gallons and a forward water
tank of 110 gallons.
I am seriously considering tearing out the forward 110 gallon water tank to open up room for storage
and for a watermaker
. This would leave us with a single
40 gallon tank and an optional 50 gallon bladder we keep onboard that we could fill if we needed.
I figure that in areas that are not suitable for water making there is probably plenty of suitable sources of drinking water
so filling our tank would not be a problem. If its in an area that is not suitable for making water and there is no suitable drinking water
source, we could go to sea to make water. If something were to happen to our built-in tank, like a leak, its fairly easy to fix fiberglass tanks
, or we can simply use the 50 gallon water bladder temporarily.
If there was any room left over in the forward area after the watermaker
and the tools were stored, we could put water jugs and the bladder for long passages.
For passages, the 40 gallons in the tank would be sufficient for 20 days for 2 crew - almost enough to get anywhere.
If anticipating going longer than 20ish days we would have the watermaker and our bladder filled as reserve. When the watermaker fails we could drop our utilization down to 1/2 gallon a day per person and stretch our leftover water substantially.
What do you think of this plan?
We plan on keeping our Cabo Rico
for a while but I am wondering if this would decrease its perceived value.