Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Livaboard freshwater system maintenance advice sought.
We don't need guests to enjoy sailing/cruising. In fact, we have so many guests, we love the rare weekend we spend alone. Guest are additional work load. However, we dominantly get great satisfaction that our family and friends are literally lined up at the door to spend a weekend. Unless weather or a mechanical failure prevents it, we always spend at least one night at anchor.
We definitely need to understand the audience, as they say. Some are fish to water and we could sail all day long, drop the hook, sleep and sail all day to get back. More likely guests don't want to be underway more than 3-4 hours. Everyone loves the dinghy ride back to the boat, in a dark anchorage, after dinner. It's funny but true.
The one thing that makes this work best, is universal accommodations. The saltiest sailor can be comfortable camping for the weekend. However, to be universally appealing to non-sailor, the creature comforts matter. Toilets that flush electrically (although I always give a lesson). Plenty of refrigeration, ice, even air conditioning when really needed. Most are in it, like they were on a day boat, touring New England. That's fine with us. I usually involve them someway in the sailing, even if very inconsequentially.
Assuredly, they want good tasting fresh water and plenty of it, not to mentioned plenty of hot water to shower in.
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