Join Date: Jun 2006
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Seems a lot of people use way more water than I do. On my last sail which lasted about 4 weeks I used about 1.5 containers (about 11 gallons) of tap water, another 8 gallons of distilled "drinking water" from the grocery store, and various juices and 6 lemon lime sparkle waters which came in 2 liter bottles. The tap water I used for washing, I had a steel bowl I got at walmart and that's what I used to wash my hair in the cockpit and also to wash with a rag. I also used tap water for washing eating bowls, silver, and the pressure cooker. The distilled water was used for cooking in the pressure cooker, making tea, hot chocolate, drinking straight up, etc, anything I consumed. And the sparkle waters and juice was of course consumed straight up.
So including juice and everything, I would say I consumed about .. what does all that add up to, let's call it 30 gallons on the high side, or about 8 gallons a week, about a gallon a day let's say. In that month I also took I guess about 3 showers on land, I went to the laundromat twice, and I drank beverages at various restaurants and things on land. I would have used more water had I not done that, especially if I had to wash clothing on the boat which I never had to do because I had plenty of clothing with me. I never had to bring water to the boat because I had about twice as much on board as I used during that time, so I could have gone another month without needing to bring water on to the boat. If I wasn't near land I would have carried much more water than I did. I was nearing the time that I would have had to resupply on juice and things though, because I did run out of juice and I drank all of the sparkle waters ... I really like lemon lime sparkle water.
I cannot imagine the luxury of using 40 or 50 gallons a week, nor the trauma of having to carry all that water to the boat in a dinghy, which is how I transported everything including fuel. I had a tank on board that would hold water but I never filled it up, in fact I've never used it before, I was thinking of removing it so I'd have more storage space. I like smaller individual containers because it decreases the chance they will get punctured and it also seems to limit my water usage when I have to account for it in a more signifcant way than just turning a knob or working a hand pump. Smaller containers also pack really well, and are easier to transport on the dinghy. I don't like to handle containers larger than 7 gallons.
I understand my lifestyle wouldn't be to everyone's tastes, I single hand, and I am more of a camper/explorer type than I am a cruiser/boat owner. I intentionally keep my desires for comfort in check to expand my options and maximize opportunities. I'm not so much a "cruiser" as I am a hiker, camper, and biker who just happens to be on a boat. I'm used to doing without. And I haven't wanted to get used to things like spending time at marinas because my future plans don't include marinas and I don't want to suffer the loss later.