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Old 12-11-2016, 05:55 PM   #1
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Price of Water?

Can anybody tell me the current price of water in the Bahamas? I am debating whether to spend the money on a watermaker. We will probably be there for 4 to 6 weeks.
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Old 12-11-2016, 06:13 PM   #2
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how much water you need for a week?

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Old 12-11-2016, 06:31 PM   #3
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Depends. George Town ro water is free if you want to jerry jug it. Great Harbor Marina has free dock water that you can wash with but it's high in TDS. Their RO water is $0.50/gallon. For estimating I'd probably use $0.75/gallon to be on the safe side.
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Old 12-11-2016, 06:35 PM   #4
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It is always cheaper to buy water (if you can get it) than to make it using a watermaker. The initial cost and the cost of operation of a watermaker amortized over any thing other than full time use probably exceeds even expensive 60 US cent per gallon water.

However there is a great convenience factor that may be worth paying for a watermaker. Many people in the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean do not frequent marinas and go to the fuel dock or a slip just for water.

I have heard of 5 cent water, 12 cent water and 60 cent water.

There is a problem in some locations getting water. For example there is as drought in parts of the Eastern Caribbean right now. If it continues in the pattern of four years ago the marinas will not have water except for a few hours per week. When that happened those of us with watermakers were bringing jerry cans of water in lieu of wine to our friends boats.
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What I like about the Czech Republic: beer is less expensive than bottled water.
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:23 AM   #6
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When you have a watermaker, you wonder how you survived without it. Enuff said.
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When you have a watermaker, you wonder how you survived without it. Enuff said.
You need some decent water tanks.

My drinking water tanks hold 2500 litres and I have an additional 3500 litres for washing if so inclined.
Currently I just use the 2500 litre tanks for everything and get about 6 weeks before needing a refill.
Water here is about 40c/1000 litres, so I am yet to be actually charged.
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When you have a watermaker, you wonder how you survived without it. Enuff said.
Thread creep - a tale of two different couples.

A few years ago we a met couple in the Broughtons who were on a Selene 47. Their RO unit was underperforming due to fouled membranes. They were hoping to buy membranes in a nearby community that were very high priced. With a daily use of 100 gallons or so for the two of them the necessary parts were mandatory.

At that time we were buddy boating with some friends of ours who had a KK 42. They no longer ran their RO unit since they only used about 15 gallons per day of water, less water than diesel on most days. They had about a dozen spare (not needed) membranes so sold them to the couple on the S47 for a handsome profit but still cheaper than the town 30 miles away.

This water use disparity resulted in some interesting discussions about onboard water use while we were at the Sullivan Bay docks, which like most places in the Broughtons lacks potable water. As best I recall there was as much as a ten fold difference in water consumption per person per day on the various boats in a happy hour get together. You got it, higher by far for the RO equipped vessels.
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Old 12-12-2016, 06:51 AM   #9
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Active Captain has a Quick Lists section. There are about 100 Bahamas marinas listed. Find a few in the area you plan to go (go to the Live Map tab and zoom in on the area to find marinas) and check out their water prices.

It varies from $5.00 per day (with slip rental of course) at marinas in Marsh Harbor to $0.40 per gallon at a marina in Georgetown.

A water maker will cost at least $5,000 plus a couple of thousand for installation. So you pay a lot for the convenience.

When we cruised the Bahamas a while back we used 5-10 gallons per day for the two of us and filled our tanks every 2-3 week for free at marinas in Marsh Harbor. It takes some work to keep it down that low. We ran the shower and caught it in a jug until it got warm then we both showered back to back (well, maybe not literally) and used the jug water to wash dishes.

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Although I will admit that having a water maker is a really nice convenience, the judicious use of onboard water can be easily learned. Like fuel & battery capacity, fresh water on a boat is a management problem. When I went to Catalina Island last April, I had four adults on the boat for 4 days & 150 gallons of water. That works out to 9.73 gals/person/day. (Drinking, showering, etc.) I published this factoid in a "Welcome Aboard" letter to my cruising friends, along with instructions on using the head, emergency procedures, etc. We also had 54 small bottles of drinking water & plenty of beer & cocktail supplies which we didn't manage as well as our water supply. When we returned to San Diego, we still had 60 gallons of water in the tank. (Note: Everyone used the shower but did it in a marine fashion. (Get wet, turn water off, soap down, rinse off. ) This resulted in a lot of laughs but no one was put out!

I will admit that cruising for days & weeks at a time, having a water maker would be a necessity but for most of us, managing the onboard supply, judiciously, can go a long way!
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At that time we were buddy boating with some friends of ours who had a KK 42. They no longer ran their RO unit since they only used about 15 gallons per day of water,.

To each his own; 7.5 gallons per person (or less) per day?
For us it is called "pleasure boating"
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At that time we were buddy boating with some friends of ours who had a KK 42. They no longer ran their RO unit since they only used about 15 gallons per day of water,.

To each his own; 7.5 gallons per person (or less) per day?
For us it is called "pleasure boating"
Wifey B: Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for yelling, but you made the point I was about to. We don't use more water because we have a watermaker, we have a watermaker so we can use more water. I'm not for roughing it. I like showers, really long hot showers, really really long when one or both of us distracts us while showering. We do our part to conserve as we do shower together. Restricting water usage just really is not something I want to do and since there's a choice, I don't. It's the same with shampooing and conditioning my hair and changing into clean clothes. These are part of my lifestyle, I don't want to sacrifice.
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Wifey B: Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for yelling, but you made the point I was about to. We don't use more water because we have a watermaker, we have a watermaker so we can use more water. I'm not for roughing it. I like showers, really long hot showers, really really long when one or both of us distracts us while showering. We do our part to conserve as we do shower together. Restricting water usage just really is not something I want to do and since there's a choice, I don't. It's the same with shampooing and conditioning my hair and changing into clean clothes. These are part of my lifestyle, I don't want to sacrifice.
My thoughts exactly. If I wanted to rough it, then a Sea Kayak with tents would work. I'm too old and want my creature features. A hot shower, clean clothes are our requirements when we cruise for 6-7 months at a time. And, I don't recall anyone that we cruised with that needed water turning down my offer to top off their tanks.
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Wifey B: Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for yelling, but you made the point I was about to. We don't use more water because we have a watermaker, we have a watermaker so we can use more water. I'm not for roughing it. I like showers, really long hot showers, really really long when one or both of us distracts us while showering. We do our part to conserve as we do shower together. Restricting water usage just really is not something I want to do and since there's a choice, I don't. It's the same with shampooing and conditioning my hair and changing into clean clothes. These are part of my lifestyle, I don't want to sacrifice.
Gee, sorry I mentioned that some are more water frugal than others. But you perfectly supported my post, the more you have the more you use. For those of us that grew up offshore racing, water frugality was learned at a ripe young age. Shower you say, overboard with a bar of soap did it.

My brother's previous vessel, when fully operating, used 1,000 gpd Two big water makers did the trick. Codger's post above points out what a careful couple with guests can do if they choose to. And Codger doesn't appear to have missed too many showers.

I will be the very first to say that if I was cruising full time in far off places a water maker would be mandatory. But those days are behind us and now boat where fresh water is readily available, the US and Canada west coast.

BTW, my friends with the KK42 who only used 15 gpd, had a previous life of world wide sailing and knew their water wants and needs pretty well. They sure had fun when guests were on board though. They -gasp- had to refill their tanks at least every 10 days or so. Another virtue of the KK line, big tanks.
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Our KK42 has a 300 gallon water capacity. However, we run a wash in the washing machine each day, 11 gallons, and two showers, a gallon and a half drinking, plus dishwashing. Result we would need to fill the tanks every week. A pain. The watermaker is run every other day for three hours. We have been known not to life the anchor for a month.

Convenience of course, but so are many things.
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Wifey B: Ok, typically on the loop we've averaged 6 people aboard. It varied which 6 and sometimes was 7 but typical was 5 females and 1 male.

Now some of my numbers may be way off as not something I've spent time on but here it is.

5 1/2 showers 110 gallons
2 loads of laundry 40 gallons
2 loads of dishes 30 gallons
washing hands and brushing teeth 30 gallons
flushing toilets 30 gallons
we only drink bottled water so not counting that
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Wifey B: Ok, typically on the loop we've averaged 6 people aboard. It varied which 6 and sometimes was 7 but typical was 5 females and 1 male.

Now some of my numbers may be way off as not something I've spent time on but here it is.

5 1/2 showers 110 gallons
2 loads of laundry 40 gallons
2 loads of dishes 30 gallons
washing hands and brushing teeth 30 gallons
flushing toilets 30 gallons
we only drink bottled water so not counting that
I suppose you're using a dishwasher. Most use only about 5 gallons per load. I would use considerably more water than that by hand washing. And you sailors, spare me the salt water wash, mist of fresh water rinse.
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To each his own; 7.5 gallons per person (or less) per day?
For us it is called "pleasure boating"
I stand by my statement to each his own. The OP wanted to know the cost of water. He can then make his informed decision knowing what constitutes pleasure boating for him. If 7.5 gallons (or less) per day is pleasurable, so be it, if not, there are alternatives. There is no correct way.
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Some of us have to include consumption from fresh-water toilets in our calculation of water usage.
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Price of Water?

That is the beauty of The Keys. You can get meals on shore.
You can fuel up every where.
Lots of grocery stores. Crystal clear tropical ocean waters.
Dry Tortuga's for remote anchoring.
Close medical aid.
Emergency services.
AND FREE WATER.
And you don't have to pay $300.00 for the privilege of spending more money in the area.
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