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Re: Need Help Outfitting for Cruising. :)
25 galls is too little water capacity. Water is luxury on a cruising boat. My minimum parameter was 150 galls on my boat hunt.
Nix on the watermaker you can buy a heck of a lot of water for $5000
I would say that you can get a very good system in the 200 gallon per day range for about $2,000.00 and when you are cruising it will draw about 7.5 amps, which your solar panels should recharge without an issue. You want to spec one that produces more than you would ever use in a day and run it for about three to five hours a day max, when needed. You can also run it anytime the engine is running.
You do not have to buy but about 2000 gallons of water in total to pay for it. You can always drink your own water and if you run a 50 micron prefilter and a 5 micron input filter it will work in nasty looking water or even brackish or river water.
Study it and see and if you do not like it then you can say you do not want it. I like them.
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