We always carried water jugs on board Exit Only, and we did it for many different reasons.
1. Jugs are back-up water supply just in case our main tanks become contaminated.
2. Jugs are back-up water supply just in case our watermaker
3. Water jugs are necessary in remote
locations to transport water because you can't pull your boat up to a dock
, or water is not available at the dock
4. Water jugs are good to put rainwater in that you catch off your sails
so that you can inspect it before you put it in your main tanks.
5. Water jugs float, and in an emergency
, you can tie a line to a water jug and tie it to your life raft if you have to abandon ship. The water jug full of fresh water won't sink, and you will have emergency
water that you can ration until you can catch more or make more with with a small portable reverse osmosis
device that you pump by hand.
6. We ran our watermaker
every day when sailing offshore
to top off our tanks. If our watermaker went down, we immediately knew that it was down, and we had nearly full tanks because we had run the watermaker the day before. We often used the water in jugs for deck showers. We would only use the water jugs for showers if the watermaker was working. If the watermaker went down, then the jug water was our reserve supply.