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Thanks Keck314, I'll check it out.
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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?
Pacific seacrafts are set up for this, also, what is wrong with drinking rain water? I read of a lot of cruiser doing this! The evaporation process removes any contaminents, the only thing you have to worry about is the PH of the water, and near the coast and offshore this isn't usually a problem.
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Water should not be a problem in most places while actively cruising. In many years of cruising in the Eastern Caribbean and the entire East Coast, I've never had a problem. Only an extended stay in the outer Bahamas might be problematic, IMHO.

Born Free carries 160 gallons of water in two tanks. We use this only for dishes, washup, some cooking, and showers. We do not drink water from the tanks, but instead carry bottled water. Mostly, this is in gallon jugs which we mostly store in the shower, frig, and lockers. This allows us to have an assured source of fresh water for drinking, and one which is easily monitored by counting the bottles used each day.

BTW, your consumption of fresh water will be tempered by how much juice, soft drinks, and beer you drink :-))

Almost all marinas allow you to fill your water tanks when you pull up to the gas dock. I've NEVER encountered a question about this.

If you BUY something -- anything -- you can just assume that they'll be happy to let you fill your tanks. You don't have to buy a lot of fuel, either. Top up your tanks (even if just 5 or 10 gallons), and ask where you can buy .... bottled water, oil, candy, or anything you think the marina might have....and you'll have no problem with filling your water tanks. Try never to seem like a freeloader by pulling up to a dock and asking if you can just fill your water tanks.

Expect to pay for water in some places, especially the Caribbean. I believe U.S. $ .10 per gallon is common, though some places may charge more.

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what is wrong with drinking rain water? I read of a lot of cruiser doing this! The evaporation process removes any contaminents, the only thing you have to worry about is the PH of the water, and near the coast and offshore this isn't usually a problem.
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Snider...it is NOT the rainwater one worries about it is the dirty deck or canvas catch all that rainwater lands on and runs into your tank with that is the problem. I don't know about you but lots of birds use my boat for target practice! I'm sure that a little clorox in the water will kill anything that might harm you but I prefer mine "filtered"!
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I see your point. I guess I was thinking more offshore sailing, once you scrub the deck you can catch water without worry because there aren't many birds. I can see where when anchored that would be a problem. Sorry I guess I misunderstood the question. I'm glad I came on this thread because I've never really thought of how to get water when anchored in seclusion. I'm guessing it'll be a dinghy ride with some unwieldly jerry cans!
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snider's probably just jinxed himself and is going to find that the albatrosses love using his boat as a privy...

A lot of cruisers I talked to said getting the 2-1/2 or 3 gallon jerry cans is a lot better than the five gallon cans...they're a lot easier to handle, and if one goes bad, you lose less water...

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[QUOTE=sailingdog]snider's probably just jinxed himself and is going to find that the albatrosses love using his boat as a privy... QUOTE]

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We carried 60 gallons aboard Fairwinds our 1988 Cal 33.
50 in the tanks and 10 on the Rail. Used about 7 gallons
per day. Traveled from East coast to Trinidad. The toughest
spots ( and most expensive )to find water was Bahamas.
Worst water was Luperon ( Dominican Republic). The rest
of the Caribbean was easy. Also you can catch rain water
4-5 months very easily. Just make a simple dam near your water
inlets. Regards Chuck clcjr54@hotmail.com
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Part of the problem with drinking rain water is that it may contain contaminants from thousands of miles away. Rain water is never pure, because drops form around dust particles. Particles of camel dung have been detected in rainwater in the carribean.
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