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Hi, we are getting ready to purchase a boat and one of my main concerns is safe drinking water on board. We are thinking on buying a water maker in the future but for now we'll do without.
What would be a good water filtration system for the boat? there are so many available out the there and it's hard to decide on one. 4 stage, 5 stage, uv light and so on.
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What are your concerns? Are you sailing out of the US. If not you don't need any fancy filters. Just shock your tanks (1 cup bleach/10 gallons of water overnight, then flush) and your water will be fresh. You can add a little faucet filter you can buy at at Wall-mart if you like.
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If you're really concerned about water quality, use a good pre-filter to take out the particulates before it goes in your tanks, and add bleach to disinfect it, and use a good filter with a carbon element to get rid of the bleach and any chemicals that might have been missed by the first filter.

Using UV light-sterilization isn't really cost-effective or wise on a boat. Filtering makes far more sense—and you can buy a lot of filters for what a UV-sterilization system would cost you to buy, install and maintain.
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