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I think for living aboard a good solution for this issue which is actually a weight-issue is a watermaker. Use the water tank as buffer and for safety but use the watermaker for the continuous demand. However the energy for this needs to come from somewhere, e.g. from the watt-and-sea generator. So its going to be expensive...
For living aboard a watermaker as a good solution? It seems a good solution for voyaging but for two living aboard and take occasionally as guests another couple?
This boat has not space for the generator so you would have to run the engine not only to recharge batteries for the lights and the freezer but also to run the watermaker. All the alternative power solutions (wind and solar) would not even get close of 1/3 of the energy needs and the boat has only a 96L diesel tank. It would not be not only expensive as also unpractical unless Yus passes most of its time at the marina.
Regarding water consumption in my old boat the 300L water with 4 aboard lasted for 4 days and that included a careful use of water. Sure we had two women aboard and you know how are women with washing but that does not include proper showers for all. In fact that includes only taking the salt out of the body on the transom.
160L of water tankage is really very little as water autonomy for living aboard especially if you intend to have occasional guests.
Last edited by PCP; 05-05-2011 at 08:21 AM.