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Perplexed with water use H45CC

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  1. Rick486

    Rick486

    Joined Oct 1, 2007
    705 posts, 52 likes
    Hunter 44DS
    US Pt. Judith
    On our 44DS we have the same setup as the OP except we have one holding tank. My wife and I cruise for about 12 days with one shower per day each, washing dishes with fresh water, and fresh water heads, before I start thinking about stopping somewhere for water. We could use less with conservation. I believe the big user you described with 4 people aboard is the heads, seconded by dish washing. I can wash dishes for 2 with about 1 gal of water. The key is don't run rinse water extravagantly. Flushing the heads is another learned art. I flush until the water is clear in the bowl. Don't flush to be sure the waste has reached the holding tank as someone will follow on and flush again. Untrained guests are the killers on water.
    BTW, the advantage to fresh water toilets is no odor. Nothing. Also, the pumps are protected from salt water corrosion. We are in our 10th year with the Jabascos with no issues.
     


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  2. RWSlater

    RWSlater

    Joined Nov 19, 2009
    195 posts, 9 likes
    Hunter 45CC
    US PA Ft Pierce and Abaco Bahamas
    Very good idea actually
     


  3. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    1,480 posts, 60 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA
    Seems kinda primitive, no? Like back woods-ish. Plumbing is one of the first benefits of civilization.
     


  4. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    1,480 posts, 60 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA
    What's your fresh water tankage?
     


  5. Rick486

    Rick486

    Joined Oct 1, 2007
    705 posts, 52 likes
    Hunter 44DS
    US Pt. Judith
    160 gal
     


  6. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    1,480 posts, 60 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA
    Wow! I just went from 42 to 80, and I thought I was in heaven!
     


  7. ice breaker

    ice breaker

    Joined Sep 11, 2011
    183 posts, 11 likes
    Hunter 41
    US lake superior
    After my first family cruise with 4 kids and 2 adults, all of the sink faucets got new 1GPM aerators. We used 50 gallons in 24 hours, and 50 for the next 5 days. It was mostly an education issues, as in do not run the water while you brush your teeth.
     


  8. Jerry Clark H356 SV Persi

    Jerry Clark H356 SV Persi

    Joined Mar 3, 2003
    553 posts, 27 likes
    Hunter 356
    US Grand Rivers
    My wife and I use about 15 gallons per day when cruising - including showers. We have salt water flush with an electric Sea Era toilet. Washing dishes can be a large user of water, so we use paper plates when we are off the grid. This reduces the dish washing water. Think of your water usage in minutes. My system will go from full to empty (75 gallons plus 6 gallon hot water heater) in about 28 minutes. So if you take long full flowing showers, rinse dishes with unlimited water, flush with your fresh water tank, then 28 minutes goes by faster than you realize.

    I think you may have a leak that you don't know about. I'd really go over your system and make sure you are not leaking into the bilge and it's just going overboard or one of your faucets is leaking in a sink. 50 gallons, 4 people, 3/4 of a day with no showers is excessive.

    Looks to me like you should consider a water maker if you are going to cruise the Bahamas. CruiseRO systems have 20 and 30 gallon per hour units reasonably priced that are either 12 or 120 volt systems.
     


  9. Viktor Eysselein

    Viktor Eysselein

    Joined Sep 5, 2009
    106 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 45 CC
    US Marina del Rey
    Using salt water for flushing the toilets causes marine animal growth which leads to horrible smell. On my previous Catalina 36 I used salt water and flushed with sweet water after finishing sailing. This prevented the smell.
    Best, Viktor
     


  10. Puesta del sol

    Puesta del sol

    Joined Jan 1, 2014
    106 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 42
    US Chesapeake
    I always wipe plates, bowls etc clean then you need very little water to wash or rinse. Used this backpacking also - eat all your food, 1/2 paper towel to wipe out/off your stuff == limited water usage
     



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