Water, water, everywhere…

Time 2005 local
Lat N 25° 12.8′
Lon W 70° 44.3′
Nautical miles from Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI: 525
Nautical miles to Sandy Hook, NJ: 930

We are, of course, surrounded by undrinkable water, yet we have all the fresh water we need. There are two reason for this.

First, is the huge freshwater tank onboard Harmonie. In the stub of the keel there is a tank with a capacity of about 330 gallons. To put this in perspective, when we sailed my old boat to Hawaii we had two tanks of 40 gallons each. We did not feel especially “water-poor” on that crossing and arrived after 21 days at sea with almost all of one tank untouched. If we were really careful, I figure we could make a full tank of water on Harmonie last for almost 3 months with no input.

In addition to a huge storage tank, we also have a reverse-osmosis unit that uses a high pressure pump run by electricity to make about 10 gallons an hour of freshwater from seawater. Pretty much every day we are in clean ocean water we run the ‘RO’ unit for 30 to 60 minutes while we run the generator. If we are in murky or potentially polluted water we wait. The watermaker has been our only source of water since we left Florida almost 6 months ago, and I don’t think we have ever had less than 150 gallons of water in the tank.

Nothing exciting to report in our sailing today. Winds are a bit lighter, but we continue to make good progress. The winds have begun to clock around from east, to south, and will eventually turn to south west as we circle the Bermuda High. Right now it looks like a landfall on June 8 is most likely, although there is a lot of weather yet to negotiate between here and there.

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