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Old 07-14-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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How little water do you use?

That's right! How little? It's a central theme around the docks with a number of boaters boasting about how little water they use. One elderly woman boasted they only use 2 gallons per day. I said, well, we have freshwater heads. So do they, she said. She said she doesn't like the moisture in the boat so they don't shower. Baby wipes! she boasts! As we turn to get our water, "Remember: get some Baby Wipes" she advises. It'll be a Frosty Friday before I resort to that. WTF! Does she use baby wipes to wash the dishes too?

There's a water shortage right now in BC and docks are refusing boaters who want water. There is no water available in Klemtu and Bella Bella and they make it difficult for you to get water in Shearwater, (I'll take that discussion offline for those who want to know). So if, like us, you want to fill your 350 gallon tank, better plan ahead. I believe Ocean Falls has lots of water. BTW, I figure I can get about 18 days on our 350 gallons. More if we use Baby wipes.




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Old 07-14-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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We use 4.5 gpd while in the Bahamas.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:51 PM   #3
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Use what you want...just don't waste it.


If you want to be in a survival course, well I can recommend a few.


Not to say there aren't methods of decent hygiene and relatively little water usage...it depends on your boat and your give a darn quotient.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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We use a lot of water, end up pulling into the fuel dock for 50.00 worth of diesel and topping up my 125gallon water tank every few days.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:59 PM   #5
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while at the dock we use a lot when cruising very little

fresh water heads so when cruising if it is yellow let it mellow

if it is brown flush it down

wipe dishes and if only a day out of maria while cruising the dishes go in the sink under board
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:02 PM   #6
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With just my wife and I on board we can go an easy two weeks if not three with our 170 gallons of fresh water. We have a Navy-style push-button shower head and salt water toilets which I'm sure make a big difference in fresh water usage.
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:46 PM   #7
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I envy those of you with large capacity water storage, I use my onboard water supply exclusively. After replacing my 80 gallon tank last winter with 2 poly tanks I now have 76 gallons. One of the nice things about the upper Mis is the number of marinas, I doubt I'am ever over 20 to 30 miles from water, not all have fuel, pump out or mechanic services but I haven't found any that didn't have water. Raw water flush heads I'am sure save me a lot of water and I don't see ever changing that system for a freshwater flush. The envy is with a larger capacity I could stay out of marinas longer.


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Old 07-14-2015, 10:02 PM   #8
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Dang, y'all are stingy (and parched). When we are in the Bahamas on the hook my family of four (two teenaged sons) and our giant, thirsty dog use about 20 gallons a day. Fresh water heads. We shower every night.

I like my wife a lot at all times. I like her even more when she is clean, happy and eating off a plate that was washed with water.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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A 12v water maker turns this discussion on its head. We don't waste water but use quite a bit, including for our washing machine which takes 11 gallons per load. Total usage for two people averages 35 gallons a day.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:21 PM   #10
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We use about 50 galllons a day if we don''t do laundry or wash the salt off the windows.

Can't wait for the new watermaker, 40 Gallons per hour. Yippee!!!
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That's right! How little? It's a central theme around the docks with a number of boaters boasting about how little water they use. One elderly woman boasted they only use 2 gallons per day. I said, well, we have freshwater heads. So do they, she said. She said she doesn't like the moisture in the boat so they don't shower. Baby wipes! she boasts! As we turn to get our water, "Remember: get some Baby Wipes" she advises. It'll be a Frosty Friday before I resort to that. WTF! Does she use baby wipes to wash the dishes too?

There's a water shortage right now in BC and docks are refusing boaters who want water. There is no water available in Klemtu and Bella Bella and they make it difficult for you to get water in Shearwater, (I'll take that discussion offline for those who want to know). So if, like us, you want to fill your 350 gallon tank, better plan ahead. I believe Ocean Falls has lots of water. BTW, I figure I can get about 18 days on our 350 gallons. More if we use Baby wipes.

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For those heading to Desolation this summer, Powell River still allows water fills. It's excellent water, too.

Vancouver Island has a class 4 drought right now, so water usage is being limited.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:44 PM   #12
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...I like my wife a lot at all times. I like her even more when she is clean, happy and eating off a plate that was washed with water.
Now that there is funny. And my wife likes me a lot more too when I don't stink.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:59 PM   #14
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No idea right now. I'm not wasteful - but I have 600 gal in water tanks and it's just me on board. I top them off from time to time. Fresh water heads but they are vacuflush and pretty water efficient I think.

I have a 600 GPD (25/hr) water maker that needs a new salt water pump and membrane. I'm in no real hurry to fix it until I start spend more time going up and down the coast.

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Old 07-14-2015, 11:01 PM   #15
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... There is no water available in Klemtu ...
No water in Klemtu? It was raining hard the whole time I was there in early April on the way down from Ketchikan. It didn't let up for the 14 hours we were docked. I have a hard time imagining it without water!

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No water in Klemtu? It was raining hard the whole time I was there in early April on the way down from Ketchikan. It didn't let up for the 14 hours we were docked. I have a hard time imagining it without water!

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Old 07-14-2015, 11:26 PM   #17
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It can rain on the coast, but how to to capture and store the water? If it just runs off, it won`t help the water supply.
There are predictions of a Pacific El Nino, but no sign of it here on the east( got it right this time Eric) of the Pacific, more the opposite. Maybe it is heading this way.
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It can rain on the coast, but how to to capture and store the water? If it just runs off, it won`t help the water supply.
There are predictions of a Pacific El Nino, but no sign of it here on the east( got it right this time Eric) of the Pacific, more the opposite. Maybe it is heading this way.
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Ah - got it. Well I've heard the El Nino stories too. We've had more overcast here in CA than usual for this time of year. I hope the predictions are correct and we get a wet winter. Though of course that will bring floods and landslides. Can't win here...

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Old 07-14-2015, 11:49 PM   #19
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No water in Klemtu? It was raining hard the whole time I was there in early April on the way down from Ketchikan. It didn't let up for the 14 hours we were docked. I have a hard time imagining it without water!



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And it's raining hard here tonight too in Klemtu! Isn't 3G wonderful! A friend just left here this afternoon. His water maker on his KK48 packed it in. He was hoping to get water here, but now has to run to Rupert to wait for parts.


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Old 07-15-2015, 10:55 AM   #20
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We can get down to 12 gallons a day, but in the beginning of the trip the usage is a bit higher until we get into full conservation mode, we still take short showers and wash dishes daily.

If I was in one of those drought areas I would be looking pretty hard at a water maker.
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