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08-11-2007 08:30 AM
tdw
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
They make foam netting like material for shipping fruit in... that would work quite nicely as padding for bottles.
I think that's the stuff I was referring to.
08-11-2007 08:03 AM
sailingdog They make foam netting like material for shipping fruit in... that would work quite nicely as padding for bottles.
08-11-2007 07:42 AM
tdw
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Sailaway-
Yeah, NYS sure did have words to say about that.

Wombat-
A good way to protect glass bottles at sea is to slip them in old socks, the ones that have lost a mate or gotten "holy" work fine. If you are getting water in gallon jugs, I'd suspect you could drop each jug in an old t-shirt (neck hole down) and get similar chafe protection. Good enough way to store the "I can only use these for painting" t-shirts anyway.
If you carry Tyvek envelopes (Fedex, USPS, etc. large mailers) or pick up some sheets of Tyvek at a hardware store (sold as "home wrap") that also makes good chafe protection, very hard to wear through, nice and slick, and of course you can also send out overnight parcels with it.
Also makes a good gasket material to replace thin paper gaskets, quite handy to have a few on board.
I've drunk some pretty vile concoctions in my time but I will not, repeat not, drink anything that has lived in one of my old socks.

Seriously, not a bad idea. We have used, with some success in the case of wine bottles, that waffley looking matting that you line cupboards with to prevent stuff sliding around. Don't have any here at home but I'll try and find out what it's called. There is also that stuff they use to wrap wine bottles in. It comes in a continuous tube and you cut off length to suit. Again, no idea what it is called but will look it up. Get back to you.
08-11-2007 07:34 AM
tdw
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Originally Posted by sailaway21 View Post
Some thoughts on water from a de-clutched mind.
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Nah, you're just losing your grip mate.
08-11-2007 01:41 AM
hellosailor Sailaway-
Yeah, NYS sure did have words to say about that.

Wombat-
A good way to protect glass bottles at sea is to slip them in old socks, the ones that have lost a mate or gotten "holy" work fine. If you are getting water in gallon jugs, I'd suspect you could drop each jug in an old t-shirt (neck hole down) and get similar chafe protection. Good enough way to store the "I can only use these for painting" t-shirts anyway.
If you carry Tyvek envelopes (Fedex, USPS, etc. large mailers) or pick up some sheets of Tyvek at a hardware store (sold as "home wrap") that also makes good chafe protection, very hard to wear through, nice and slick, and of course you can also send out overnight parcels with it.
Also makes a good gasket material to replace thin paper gaskets, quite handy to have a few on board.
08-11-2007 12:41 AM
sailaway21 Tatoo,
Welcome!

Hehehehe. I am quite sure that is true. After all, the price was right!

Aruba, years ago, was having a drought and Exxon, I believe, has a large refinery there. They were, and do, refine home heating oil for NYC there. Instead of delivering the heating oil to NYC and returning to Aruba in ballast they hit upon the idea of discharging the oil, going out to sea to clean tanks, and returning to NY. They would proceed up the Hudson, until the water was no longer brackish, and ballast with fresh water which they sold in Aruba! Selling ballast is the ultimate in ship productivity. (g) New York state had a fit about it when they found out.
08-11-2007 12:16 AM
Slooptattoo I lived in the Bahamas for 8 years. The local bottled water company in Nassau used to hook up their trucks to the fire hydrants to gather their water, which was barged in from Andros. Hey, they put it in a bottle and it was water, I knew where my R/O water came from. Just food (or water) for thought.
08-10-2007 11:48 PM
sailaway21 Hello,
I am told that the minerals in the water are not absorbed by the body in any meaningful way. This makes a modicum of sense as there seems to be little demand for water with the levels of iron I see daily. (g) I see the converse much more frequently-people want to drink med-surg grade water.

Me? I drink what I pump out of the ground. If I am going to pump it through pipes I endeavor to remove the minerals from it so as to lessen the plugging of same.
08-10-2007 10:32 PM
tdw Steripen sounds interesting, thanks HS.

SD - may well be the case, re energency and small watermakers, i don't know. Have to check it out. Ref the plastic bottles it is the movement that's the problem but keeping those things isolated and apart is not easy.

Sway - I guess using bottled water when in an urban area is just another way of storing an extra supply in a handy sized container. Once out of urban areas I'd be just as inclined to refill the bottles from a tap, why not.
08-10-2007 05:04 PM
hellosailor sailaway-
One argument that has come up recently is that many of the minerals a body needs (like calcium) ordinarily are in tap water--and are removed from bottled water. I don't know if a multivitamin cures this, I onyl note there's an argument that "pure" water isn't what we were evolved to drink.

Wombat-
There's a great little gadget called a "Steripen" that takes 4xAA cells and runs a very bright UV-C light to sterilize water, sold mainly to campers. Take the "flashlight", stick the business end in a bottle, turn it on for 60 seconds, voila, you've got a pint of sterile water. That much UV-C at that range will break down ANY AND ALL DNA in the water, rendering it safe. $100US and goof for some 5000 pints of treatment, IIRC.
You can similarly, buy a larger UV-C light designed to be installed in your plumbing line and run from ships power, to sterilize your drinking water without chemicals. If you've got any good 60's black-light posters in the main cabin, they'll probably look good under it too.
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