Clean Water on Board

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 12:00AM

Since more than 75% of the earth's surface is covered with water, you'd think it would be easier to keep a supply of clean water on board your boat.

The availability of clean water is often taken for granted, but fresh, drinkable water is not found in abundance - anywhere on the planet's surface. And once you're out cruising, you'll become very aware of the limited supply you have on board.

Storage tanks for drinking water are a necessity and found in most boats, as well as RVs and campers.

You can ensure that your onboard water supply stays clean and safe through proper maintenance of your drinking water holding tank.

After your boat has been in storage for the winter, or for any reason, there are a number of tasks you need to complete before taking it out on the water again. One is removing that odd smell or taste in your drinking water tank. Sometimes these can be prevented by thoroughly draining the tank before storing your boat, but once they set in, both the tank and the pipes need to be cleaned.

Thankfully, it's pretty easy to clean and flush your drinking water tank. Follow these simple steps:

Rainwater can be collected and used for showering and dish washing. Some boats collect rainwater from the upper deck and funnel it into a holding tank. This is a pretty good source of water but can be unreliable, naturally.

If you're cruising islands in the Bahamas or similar locales, keep in mind that drinking water can sometimes cost as much as fuel.

Whenever you invite guests aboard, especially inexperienced boaters, remember to explain in advance how things work aboard a boat. Inform your guests of the limited facilities on a boat and ask them to be considerate, stressing the importance of water conservation when cruising.

By being honest and direct with your guests you'll be ensuring that everyone on board your Monterey will have a more pleasurable trip!

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