Originally Posted by zeehag
is recommended to let rain for 30 min after placing water catcher--at least in the books
In the books.....
In the tropics you can miss an opputunity to fill tanks
with the heavy downpour that lasts 20 minutes, which is fairly common. The book implies that rainwater is impure?
Using a mainsail
as a part of the catchment system, let the salt
wash off. It doesn't take that long.. 5-10 minutes max depending on heaviness of downpour. you can filter the initial water with a debris filter.
--i donot have a collector as such yet-havent made one--but is a list item...i have it on my list..LOL....
Simple collector can be made from a piece of old sail, watch the dumpster for castoffs. Funnel cemented in center with a plastic hose. Watch the kind of hose you get. Make sure it is drinking water
safe. I prefer the kind that is rated for hot water from one of the home improvement stores, let the rain hit is long enough to rinse it off then put the hose in the tank and forget about it until the rain is over. Similar system from the main can be used pretty much the same way, except that you catch the water off the back end of the boom.
Chlorine is an acceptable water purifier. If you can taste it, it might be a little much. However Chlorine also biodegrades after about 24-36 hrs so, the taste will, over time disappear.
IF one is worried about taste, there are always those canister water "purifiers" and you can go to home depot and purchase
for under a hundred dollars an in home purifier system that is doable for a boat. Refill cartridges are about $35 each and they do filter out the bad stuff.
Do not rely on a marina, esp OCONUS, to have potable water. Treat all water, in 3rd world countries, as suspect.
About watermakers, the more technology you have aboard, the more time you spend in maintenence, the more money
you spend in parts
and all that. If one is going to the desert, I might consider it...but in the tropics, esp in summer. Naw, just too much free rain that is available. If you hit a port and spend your first week or two just doing maintenence rather than enjoying your port, you are going to miss so much. I try real hard to priortize my technology into what I need to get there. No offense meant to anyone, but looking back to those sailors who traveled the worlds oceans before we had a lot of good ideas that seem to have fallen by the wayside for catching water, keeping it drinkable safe. We all need to remember, that technology is great, fantastic, but at the same time. It has an inherent ability to fail at the worst possible moment. Having a backup system is always smart.
water. I wash my decks daily, seawater and then rinse. It's my home, I like keeping in clean. Use the deckwater, collected in a couple of extra jerry cans for deck rinse and other non-drinking stuff.
hope that helps a tiny bit..