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In this day of cruising with watermakers, the art of catching rain water is slowly being lost. But watermakers take power, are maintenance-prone, and no matter how good a job they do, there is just nothing like a fresh glass of freshly caught rainwater.
Aboard BEOWULF we now have two Village Marine “Little Wonders”. These crank out between 16 and 18 gallons an hour, and we typically run the waternaker one to two hours per day. That’s not too hard to take. But consider what we can do with a single, moderate squall.
Often the combination of deck drains and holes in the toe rail make it impractical to catch water off the deck. That was the situation we found with INTERMEZZO. In this case, you can use various combinations of awnings to catch your rainwater. The key is to take this into account when having your awnings built.
I’m fascinated by your comments about Globalstar–do you think it’s a viable option for our cruise despite the company’s problems? I’m reluctant to buy a $1000 SSB modem if we can get satellite service instead…Best regards, Candace