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Old 07-13-2016, 06:14 PM   #21
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While you may not have heard of a water problem in the western hemisphere, that does not mean one does not exist. I would suggest research through the W.H.O., U.N. or the World Water Council for more accurate information. FYI more than one out of every four children born in Latin America die the first year of life from water born pathogens. If that is not a problem, I do not know what is.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:26 PM   #22
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Yes but where is the average US cruiser going to get water?

I am not saying be stupid...I have had enough survival schools to scare some people.

All I am saying is a dress the real question from the OP. On the LOOP, should I try and purify water from natural sources.....

If you think it's a great idea fine...I say it is NOT a problem and buy a boat, fill the water tanks and do the loop....easy peezy....

I do respect you experience and posts, but cruiser if they can't decide what is safe or not, well, that's life.

Drinking water versus general water onboard is a widely varied discussion....some like it all drinkable and others are willing to separate the sources.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:01 PM   #23
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While my original post on this thread indicated that I felt safe drinking water was readily available on a Loop journey, my most recent reply was to the statement concerning no water problems in all the western hemisphere. That statement is certainly not true and I felt it should not go unchallenged, there are individuals that might foolishly take that as a truth and be in for a rather unpleasant surprise.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:10 PM   #24
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While my original post on this thread indicated that I felt safe drinking water was readily available on a Loop journey, my most recent reply was to the statement concerning no water problems in all the western hemisphere. That statement is certainly not true and I felt it should not go unchallenged, there are individuals that might foolishly take that as a truth and be in for a rather unpleasant surprise.
Or think through the issue and take corrective action....like any US city after a major storm.

I give posters more credit than many others....maybe a bad idea...but I hate challenging people's IQ all the time.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:39 PM   #25
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My question was definitely about the Loop, and the freshwater sections in particular. I have read that most trawlers have freshwater capacity that makes passengers conserve shower water. I know all about short, conserving showers, but if water is so scarce, and one is floating in water, then why not use that water for more luxurious showers?

I am almost certainly one who would separate drinking water from washing water. Always have in RVs, and guessing I will on a boat too.
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:22 AM   #26
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Separate sources for drinking vs. washing water is a good idea, and I'd never try to talk anyone out of it.

That said, I think the "average" trawler is set up to appeal to the "average" American. We can debate the costs and benefits, but that all goes out the window when your guests (or spouse!) develop an "ick factor" about showering or washing dishes in "dirty" water instead of "clean" water from the drinking system.

Not passing judgement, just trying to understand why more boats don't have separate systems. We carry 100G of water, used for everything from drinking and washing to hosing down the decks. In the Northeast we generally can top off any place we tie up.

But I still want a watermaker
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:34 AM   #27
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I have found water for boats or RV varies in quality , mostly hardness and the amount of chlorene the water is dosed with.

On the Loop northern sections much of the town water is excellent in taste.

In the south much tastes like swimming pool reuse.

My solution ,

1 Taste the water before topping the tanks,

2 , have a built in at least 2 inch dump valve , so when you find good stuff you can discard the crap.
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Old 07-15-2016, 05:48 AM   #28
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I prefer municipal water over well water when cruising just to keep the system clean and safe. Always sample the water before filling the tanks, use my own hose, and let the water run for 15 seconds to purge the system and hose before filling the tanks. Use bottled water for drinking and cooking. In the overall cost of boating, bottled water doesn't even register.

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Old 07-15-2016, 06:52 AM   #29
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The fact of the matter, my filtered water taste better. I am not really concerned about sickness from water here, Bahamas not sure. We do have a 8-10 gallon an hour water maker, but the water from Taylor Creek here in Fort Pierce is so filthy from Ag runoff I seldom have clean enough water to run it as often as I should for maintance. Where the salt water is clean we will be in like Flynn.

I made the decision for a separate drinking (using shared tanks) water system after I noticed that filters for a pitcher filter was costing over $10 a week. After about a year no complaints. The pathogens being filtered out is an upsize but really was not my reason for the install. I do like the convience of no pitcher, no bottled water and the additional trash bottled water generates. We have been very happy with our drinking water system.

As I reflected earlier, were I to do it again or when or if I replace filters I will go with the charcoal. They get just about everything, fluoride, arsenic, chlorine. As I recall the Big Berky charcoal numbers are over 99% effective.
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