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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.
S/V Born Free