Onboard Water Supply and Consumption

Spending time aboard a sailing yacht is great fun. As soon as you decide to charter one for our sailing holidays, you start thinking about destinations you would like to sail, sights you would like to see, beaches, restaurants and bars you would like to visit. None or a very few think about limiting factors that always go together with planning a sailing trip. Two of those are onboard water supply and consumption.

When at home, a few consider water consumption, especially in regions where it does not make a large part of monthly households bills. There is nothing better than a hot shower in winter or after physical activities. However, the capacity of fresh water tanks and daily water consumption should be one of the priorities when planning the sailing trip. Why?

Because water supply aboard the sailing yacht is not indefinite. When you read this text, it seems self-explanatory, but you would not believe how many people found themselves helpless when they realize that they have spent a few hundreds of liters of fresh water in only one day of sailing. Usually, they start searching the charts and pilots looking for the closest harbor that provides fresh water. Sometimes that can be quite a problem because commercial ports and marinas are usually completely full in popular sailing destinations, especially during the high season. Furthermore, in some areas water supplying shortages may occur in the high summer and after long terms without rain.

Shower aboard a sailing yacht

Here are a few tricks on how to save fresh water and extend your sailing legs without visiting ports and marinas if you did not indent to.

First of all, reduce your time spent under the shower along with the number of showers per day. The technique of taking shower aboard a sailing yacht considers just wetting the body with running water, putting shower gel and rubbing the body (and hair) without running water, and finally rinsing out with running water.

Since the bathrooms aboard many sailing yachts are quite small, many people take so called ‘pen air shower’ on the stern of their yachts. Keep in mind that you do not have to rinse salt from your skin after every swim you take. Do it only if you do not intend to swim any more. To conclude the shower part of water consumption, there are nature-friendly shower gels available for use with salty water – wet yourself by jumping overboard, do the rubbing at the swimming platform and jump again. Afterwards, you only need a short rinse with fresh water.

When it comes to doing dishes, the basics are the same. Try to reduce the dishes needed to prepare and serve the food. For example, you do not need a plate for each crew member if the sandwiches are served. Just one paper napkin per person will do the purpose. Many of my clients did not realize that seawater is a very good diluent, so all the dishes can be washed on the swimming platform. All you need to do is to be careful, so you do not lose the dishes in the deep waters, and rinse it with freshwater. By using this technique not only should you save water supply, but also protect the nature from aggressive washing liquids.