Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: on the boat - Chesapeake
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I have a steamer insert for pots with extended legs (a project in itself) and steam veges over pasta, rice, or couscous; this saves cooking AND cleaning water. There is some unintended mixing of flavors but hasn't really been an issue.
On delivery offshore I stock up on baby wipes and encourage their use on the boat. Wipe down before crawling into sheets every single time and you will be happier and reduce laundry requirements. Sufficiently offshore the baby wipes go over the side and don't have an impact on trash management.
Cruising Auspicious we tend to use washrags for sponge baths as noted above.
An accumulating flow meter (looks like an automobile odometer) is a great conservation tool. It is illuminating how much more water people use (including me) than they think.
Go with your strengths. For example, I cook with less water and end up with fewer dishes to clean, so I do the bulk of the cooking. Janet uses much less water cleaning up than I so she does that work.
We carry 120 gallons in tanks and about a dozen gallons more in 'emergency' fresh water. No plastic bottles of drinking water; we use Nalgene containers for each person which cuts down completely on the problem of unfinished water bottles - a waste of water and a trash problem with all the plastic.
Our fresh water toilet can be switched to salt water offshore and while cruising in relatively clean waters. I'm glad to have the fresh water flush option - head odor is never a problem with it and we flush with fresh water anywhere we can resupply even if it means more trips with jugs of water. Accordingly we rarely make a trip ashore without a 5 gal water jug or two to fill.
On extended trips we do laundry in a five gallon bucket of fresh water and ammonia. No soap, no rinse. The clothes get clean and the ammonia fully dissipates while the clothes are drying. Most laundry gets done in laundromats. *grin* Research and personal experience indicate that unless you have skin of iron doing laundry in salt water uses more fresh water to get the salt out than is saved even compared to a conventional soapy wash and clean rinse; the ammonia wash is a real saver.
We have pressure water in the head and galley plus fresh and salt foot pumps in the galley. Offshore and cruising we keep the pressure water switched off. The extra step of flipping the switch to use pressure water is a built-in reminder to be cautious. This is particularly helpful with guests who can use all the reminders civility allows.
When guests are aboard I have laminated instructions/reminders to tape up in the galley (don't leave the water running, how the foot pumps work, which is which), the nav station (which switch for pressure water, anchor and deck lights), and the head (how the electric toilet works, reminder to turn the pressure water on and off if using the sink, where the baby wipes and clean wash rags are).
Finally we try to do boat chores in the coolest parts of the day, reducing sweat as much as possible -- in addition to comfort it reduces water consumption for cleaning oneself and laundry.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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