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Friday, April 5, 2013

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Let there be... water!  From our center
hatch, to our dining table.
It’s Not a Curse, It’s a Creative Opportunity

A rainy Sunday morning... the perfect time for pancakes, turkey bacon, and mimosas.

That is, until our midship hatch decided to rain on our parade.  First we shifted the position of my mimosa, which didn’t need watering down.  Then we deployed a towel to soak up the liquid sunshine.

Ever on the lookout for dishwashing shortcuts, I moved my now empty plate into the dripzone.  Bad idea.  

SPLASH!  The table and I got more water than the plate retained.

But I hate waste.  Ever the water miser, I grabbed my quart measuring cup, figuring I could use its freshwater contents later.


A puny, temporary water catchment system.  Seemed smarter
than watering down my mimosa or splashing off my plate
“Hey, we now have a water catchment system!” Wayne joked.  “A pretty pathetic one.”    Yup; a water catchment system akin to minor Chinese water torture --  slow, incessant and annoying.

Wayne will build a robust water catchment – that is – a way to capture rainwater as part of our boat’s water supply for drinking, showering, washing dishes, etc.

We ran out of water a few days ago (we were on our way to refill our tanks, but… click here to find out why that didn’t happen).  

We’re keeping our tanks supplied with water from our slow gallon-a-minute water maker (it desalinates and purifies seawater).  When the sun’s not shining enough to provide sufficient power from our solar panels, we run our generator to power the watermaker.  We’re very good at minimizing our water use – typically we use about 2-5 gallons a day total for everything for the two of us.  Yes, we do take daily showers, though I wash my hair a lot less often these days (click here to find out why).
Wayne's expression says it all!

I digress.

We ate our pancakes and turkey bacon.  We drank our mimosas. We found a way to convert our drip problem into a (minor) supply source to an asset.

It was still raining.