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Old 02-07-2013, 09:50 AM   #41
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............I've found, however, that many guests would die of thirst before they lowered themselves to drinking tap water. Honestly, I think it's more a fashion statement than anything. So I always stock individual-sized, name-brand bottled water so I don't end up with dehydrated crew.
Yes, I wish I had thought of putting almost free city water into plastic bottles and selling them for $1.00 each.

We drink our boat water and have been doing so since our first boat with a potable water system. I have a drinking water rated hose that's used for nothing but filling the water tanks and kept hidden so nobody can borrow it to rinse their holding tank. I run water at the marina for a few minutes before I start filling the tanks. If the water at a marina is suspect, I'll add an ounce or so of chlorine bleach to each tank. There's a filter on a seperate spigot at the sink that we usually use for drinking water but not for cooking.

We refill water bottles from the boat's water system.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:47 PM   #42
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These guys are vendors over on CF (so support them, they help keep thses sites free!): Water Filters And Purifiers

They sell a system which purifies water without chemicals, but by filtration. It's exactly what we use here in Kuwait, where the water fed through older pipes has a tendency to come out brown...!
That would work if it dosent take any money away from the boats<smile>
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:48 PM   #43
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bfloyd4445"anyone using a reverse osmosis water system in their boat? I'm never seen one and am thinking of installing one myself. You can never be sure how pure the water is you load in the tank so it seems like a good idea to me at least for cooking and drinking water."

Do you have the lead issues in mind or just dodgy water in general?
No I'm just tired of the jug thing and have come to really appreciate the high quality drinking water i get from my ro system in my ca. residence so would like to have the same on board
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #44
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I usually add a touch of vinegar to fresh-water fill-ups.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:02 PM   #45
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We use one-gallon bottles which store easily on the boat. I probably have 20 gals on board now. As the bottles empty, we bring them home to refill with our RO water from home. One bottle remains in a fridge for cold water needs. One galley cabinet holds 10 gal and a small plastic storage box or a box from a case of bottled beer holds 6 gal each in the lazarette.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:21 PM   #46
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I usually add a touch of vinegar to fresh-water fill-ups.
ummm...wusky!!!!......that kills anything in the right concentration
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:56 PM   #47
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One galley cabinet holds 10 gal and a small plastic storage box or a box from a case of bottled beer holds 6 gal each in the lazarette.
Al, I'm envious of your galley space/storage.

Where do you buy your beer, Al? Couldn't find your brand at my local Lucky grocery store today.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:49 PM   #48
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Al, I'm envious of your galley space/storage.

Where do you buy your beer, Al? Couldn't find your brand at my local Lucky grocery store today.
Beer....did someone say beer
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:31 PM   #49
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Al, I'm envious of your galley space/storage.

Where do you buy your beer, Al? Couldn't find your brand at my local Lucky grocery store today.
What one gets in cabinet storage, he gives up in floorspace. I looked at your saloon and thought it was so big, my voice might echo.

I like Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas products...all available by the case for about $1 per bottle at my local Costco.

You never know when the clean water will run out. I find it best to be prepared for the worst. Here are pics of my favorite precautions:




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Old 02-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #50
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sirrea used to be good before they went bigtime. Their beer is still ok if you go to Chico and drink at the bar.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:50 PM   #51
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sorta like i started out with then added the ro then a leachate pump then apolishing filter and then a tank and last a uv lamp. The end result was water that was outstanding.

Sorta like this system except i added the uv lamp

AP-RO5P
As I've gotten older (and lived to long on land) I've gotten use to a nice longest (by boat standards) hot showers. Now that I think about a live aboard situation again, I'm wondering about an isolated shower water system that would recirculate a good portion of the shower water for certain periods of time.

....decided to start a new subject thread...
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #52
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I just put a PUR filter on my galley sink and it filters the tank water perfectly.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #53
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We have a GE "smartwater" under sink filter system for drinking water works fine but at a low flow rate and doesn't help anywhere else in the boat. I am thinking of installing some larger capacity filter in the main line near the outlet of the accumulator. It will supply galley and bathrooms.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:36 AM   #54
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We have a GE "smartwater" under sink filter system for drinking water works fine ..... I am thinking of installing some larger capacity filter in the main line near the outlet of the accumulator. It will supply galley and bathrooms.
That's exactly how my boat is plumbed.
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If you want to save some money and build a very good water maker, check this link out:

Dido's Watermaker - Build your own!

He built his own high pressure reverse osmosis unit for a fraction of the cost of an off-the-shelf model.
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We buy distilled water in gallon jugs at the stores in port.

Use them for all cooking and drinking.
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We buy distilled water in gallon jugs at the stores in port.

Use them for all cooking and drinking.
You might want to Google "Drinking Distilled Water." The effects are not healthy & can cause stubborness beyond belief ! Start your search here...

Why Drinking Distilled Water is Bad For Your Health and Well-Being | WaterUse.org
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That's exactly how my boat is plumbed.
Walt, do you recall what filter you have at the outlet of the accumulator, any chance a picture of your set up?
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You might want to Google "Drinking Distilled Water." The effects are not healthy & can cause stubborness beyond belief !
Distilled or similar is for batteries, guessing/hoping Eric meant bottled "spring water", whatever that really is. We accidentally drank some distilled water at home, yuk! I think patients with compromised immune systems on oncology wards get distilled water, I`m told v. nasty to drink,(but saves infections)
We refill 10-15L containers from the tap ashore for drinking/cooking/coffee making onboard. Good enough at home,good enough onboard. I`ve not bothered with a filter, maybe if we extend time onboard. If you cruise areas with suspect water you`d want good filtering.
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Walt, do you recall what filter you have at the outlet of the accumulator, any chance a picture of your set up?
I'll be at the boat on Thursday and will see if I can get you some photos. It's in the lazarette and is a G.E. with quick disconnects. We drink the onboard water on our boat and check it periodically with a TDS meter. (Total Dissolved Solids) We don't do anything special to our FW water tank other than filtering it twice before using. Showering, dishes, ice maker, drinking, anchor & cockpit wash down, etc. etc. Been doing it like this since 1995 with no noticeable effects.

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