Date: 22 January 2017. Watermaker Wish Coming True.
Side Note: A lot has been happening around the boat of
late. To keep things in chronological order, I'm posting as I wrote so friends can catch up with all that is occurring in my world. Life afloat
keeps getting better.
Great News!!! I was offered a Katydin 40E
watermaker. It comes complete with the world cruising
kit and the spares kit too along with a pre-filter assembly I read
about. It was an amazing coup. I am truly blessed. My friend Ken is taking it off his sailboat and will install it
in mine. I am beyond excited, thrilled, joyous, happy, and cannot
stop smiling. True friends are an amazing gift.
This is Ken's boat. She's a 40'
Bounty2 set up for world cruising.
HIPPY PAUL, KEN
Since before I found my Seaweed I have lusted after watermakers.
Originally I wanted a Spectra with Z-Brane. The cost nine years ago
started at $6,000 and quickly moved north with accessories and such.
I could not justify that expense. Nor could I splurge as there
wasn't enough in the coffers to pay for such a thing.
But a girl can dream, and boy oh
boy have I dreamed of finding a watermaker I could afford.
Hauling water is
physically very difficult for me.
I'm not getting any younger. It is not getting any easier.
One of the downsides of having a small trawler such as Seaweed is
that the space for tankage does not exist. Though she carries fifty
gallons of water, that's not enough without economizing. Keeping
hydrated is critical to health especially in the south where the
heat can be oppressive.
the water tank on Seaweed:
Get permission before you take any water.
Not all places allow you to fill your water
tanks. It is boater's responsibility to find out who has the
authority to permit you to take water. Then abide by their
To fill the tank on Seaweed
while at anchor I had to go to shore in Algae with water jugs.
Mine are small because water weighs eight pounds per gallon. I could not lift a 40 pound five gallon container.
Physically I simply do not have the strength.
Because I do not have upper body strength I use smaller water
bottles. That necessitates multiple trips to fill my tank. It
Once back at Seaweed I have
to balance myself on the seat in Algae. Then I lift the jug to
the bow, open the fill and pour in the water. Hopefully I
won't spill much.
This whole process is not
easy. When it is hot the chore is just miserable. However I do
like showers so this is one of those "glamorous jobs" the
travel writers cannot describe accurately.
Someday you'll see, unless
you frequent marinas and fuel docks.
Hauling water is not fun. Ugh.
I hate it. Worse yet, I dread so much the whole procedure that it
can take on enormous proportions in my mind. That probably seems
silly to you men-folk. For me getting water aboard is something to
Because of Ken and Bill, now is the dawn of a new
era. I'll have a watermaker up and running very shortly.
Note: I am woman. Cruising is
supposed to be fun.
With the accoutrements of a comfortable life, it is!
Sparrow* is the same person I bought my Air-Breeze wind generator from
years ago. He understands and knows my boat quite well from that
install. Ken also
knows I've been wanting a watermaker for years. I missed one once
and that pinged my soul each time I dragged the water jugs to shore.
*Sparrow is the name of Ken's
boat. Out here folks tend to call each other by the name of their
boat. You'll want something that is easy to hear over the VHF radio,
easy to spell (nothing cutesy) and for god's sake, nothing vulgar.
Crude boat names are regarded with derision by all but the most
A watermaker has been on my wish list forever and a day. I do know
realistically going to a marina is the "better" (more cost
efficient) route. That said I prefer out of the way places without a
lot of facilities. Having the ability to make water will make all
the difference in the world to me.
I love remote areas with wildlife and lots of stars.
The ability to see
stars is directly
proportional to people.
A place with lots of
people means far fewer visible stars.
Hauling water is a real pain in the transom. It is back breaking
and shoulder aching. I hit a drunk driver in the 80's and my left
side is not-so-great... All the work bringing water to Seaweed is behind me now.
This is Cheryl and Fred's Island Time.
A couple I know on Schucker Island Time, a 40' motorsailor, have a
Spectra watermaker. They bought it at a boat show. Cheryl
and Fred HAVE to wash their boat every few days with fresh water
because they need to use their watermaker. Watermakers are happiest
when used frequently. How cool is that?!?!
I want that to be me, and soon it will be.
This is possible because
of website reader friends.
Donations to the Cruising Kitty
make a Big Difference. When this opportunity to own a watermaker
came up I had the funds in my Paypal account to Seal the Deal.
Until you've hauled water as often
as I have you cannot know how wonderful it was to have access to the
gifts from readers. That has made a HUGE difference in my life. I
cannot say thank you enough. I truly am blessed by the best website
friends on the planet!
The relief of knowing that I can avoid lifting eight
pound bottles of water is beyond the scope of imagination.
Think of it this way: My water tank is 50 gallons. Fifty times
eight equals 400 pounds. To refill my water tank means moving
400 pounds. Ouch.
And now those days are
behind me. It's been a long journey. The dreams I had back in
2008 are coming to fruition. I am so fortunate.
I have the craziest, best, absolutely most amazing
23' home of anyone.
Truly I am totally blessed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU!!!
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Watermaker Wish Coming True
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VHF aboard Seaweed
Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life
Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)
For years I've been collecting short
pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy
the weird, go ahead and
These are previously posted at the
bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.
Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.
The above chart (#411) can be a
wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go
next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for
download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!
The Writer's Block
It's my belief that other folks who
boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater
is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or
even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near
the water. Suggested topics include:
1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing
For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend
you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory
from years ago that you still recall.
Life has changed so much on the
water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories
of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much
slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have
become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
Your pictures would be wonderful too. I posted one of
Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads
and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to
Do you want to help
Often an article for the website
will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am
looking for some for up-coming pieces:
Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels
across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized
for emailing -- I'd prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd
like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And
My email address is