Originally Posted by Tom and Maje
In the Cruising World class I attended in Annapolis
this question was addressed by the panel. Out of four panelists the answer split down the middle.
We have decided we need to have one (when we get a boat).
I believe it.
I've always been fascinated by the "Do you really need a watermaker" conversation. I always have this same conversation dozens of times every year. My standard pat answer anymore is no. It's fun to watch the faces of people when I say that at our booths. But if one makes decisions in life about what they really don't need because there are other options the list gets real long real fast. Do you really need a sail boat
? Nope. Why pay 600+K plus for a 47 Catamaran
when you can go to all the same places on a 30 foot 30K monohull
. Heck I could travel the world in style for years on cruise
ships, airplanes, first class trains and Land Rovers for years on 600+K and see places and do things people with big Cats will never be able to see or do. I don't need anymore car than a good used Ford Fiesta. But then I could buy a really fancy 32 speed bike for a lot less than the Ford. But then Target sells perfectly good bikes for $100. There's always the local flea markets where bikes can be had for 35 bucks. My neighbors got one at his house he never uses and will let me borrow it as much as I like at no charge. Speaking of houses,do I really need those granite counter tops? Nope formica will do the job. The dishwasher? Nope. Second bathrooms? What a waste of space. Don't get me started on the in-ground swimming pool in the back yard. You get the idea. So do you really need a watermaker? No. Blue jugs, rain collection, dock
water are all real alternatives. Just ignore all those snooty cruisers that giggle a bit when you are passing by their boats in your dingy full of blue jugs.