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That's good news. I hope it lasts. I can afford a bit of buying water in the Bahamas but much beyond that and I'll be looking for alternatives.
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In the US...you can get water whenever you fill your fuel tanks for free just about anywhere. You will also be able to get it in mooring fields dinghy docks if you jerry jug ...again in most places for free. A lot of marinas will also let you fill up when you pump out your holding tank, especially if you offer a little tip. (don't use the holding tank washdown hose! grin)
In the Bahamas...you'll pay for drinkable water almost anywhere but a lot of places don't meter it and will just let you fill up for 10 bucks. We always bought bottled water over there for drinking needs only and filtered the tank water through a Pur filter for cooking. Showers etc. we took straight from the tank. The Bahamas are nice in that you can pull into most marinas a just buy a nice...hot...stand up...shower for around $3. Saves a lot a water use and sure feels luxurious!
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I am surprised more mention isnt made for collecting rainwater, most all the long range cruisers and circumnavigators routinely do it, just putting into use all those awnings you see them with. Depending on size of the boat a 20 min squall can give 50 gallons of water. Check out Steve Dashews The Circumnavigators Handbook.

If you're going to do much off coast cruising you'll need awnings or comparable, put them to work also as rain collectors.
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I remember reading about a boat that is designed to catch the rain water from the deck and drains right into the tanks...anyone know what the boat is?
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I have one thing to say about collecting rainwater off your deck or bimini...BIRDS!!T
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Ya but Cam what about fish in the other water?
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Ebs...I buy bottled to drink...that way I only have to worry about the price!
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In The Circumnavigators Handbook Steve Dashew discusses collecting rain water quite well, typically whatever they are collecting it from they let rinse and then collect, there are several boats mentioned that had deck plugs to drain into the water tank. Rinse the deck and unscrew the plug.

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I have one thing to say about collecting rainwater off your deck or bimini...BIRDS!!T

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S/V Atom, a Pearson Triton that has circumnavigated the globe twice, has a set-up something like what you describe. See http://www.atomvoyages.com
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