Originally Posted by xxxxx
Minimizing electrics is great on multiple levels.
Yes, minimizing electrics is a good move towards living lightly. Also good for simplifying your yacht (reduces maintenance
However, so is camping out.
I am sorry if I do not sound very politically correct, but we decided a long time ago that camping out was not our thing, it would get very old very fast. We knew that if we could not be reasonably comfortable while living aboard
and cruising, we might soon give it up and move ashore to a condo, or house in the woods, or whatever, etc.
Itís like this, if doing dishes with saltwater is more onerous, pretty soon, or eventually at least, you will start to dread being out there at anchor
. Maybe you will lose the enthusiasm for going out to anchor.
Many people are more pure. They live more aesthetic lives, there are monks.
We made our boat as close to land living as possible, which included, among other things, taps out of which water runs when you open them. It also included hot water out of a tap at all times, heat, light, AC power, lots more.
Maybe there are people who are more pure. In Polynesia the only people washing
clothes on the beach in the cold water taps and concrete tubs that the French provided were cruisers. Certainly the Polynesians were not. Those cruisers have mostly quit and are back in homes ashore with washers and dryers. Their sinks have taps and water comes out without foot pumps.
I cannot say that our approach was right. We may use more power, more fuel
, more energy totally than some. But after 35 years we are still living aboard
and still choosing this lifestyle, so for us it worked.
Get an electric pump
for that saltwater tap.