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Water...yes we are surrounded by it...yes it is beautiful....but it's salt water and is unusable to us....not for long😜

Our boat, Kalani, carries a whopping 250 gallons of fresh water and that is awesome for us- cruising up we were water conscience but not too extreme. Our first boat, Yolo, was only 60 gallons so that was a different story- salt water baths were the norm! I even carried soap, shampoo and conditioner with me where ever we went for the odd chance we'd find a shower or hose we could use so we could save our precious water! Our tanks now tho can last us a month- that's not bad for cooking, drinking and showering. However, with life more at a stand still and more water consumption for my bad ass washer and the kids...Man these sweet little creatures are dirty- has got us singing a different tune. We need to be fully self suffient! Putting dock lines on, fenders on, engine running, pull mooring lines in to make our way to the dock to fill up on some water... Is a lot of work! It's pretty time consuming and with the kids although we are at home it takes concentration and both sets of hands to make the whole process easier.

Having a water maker now being out on the hook would make a world of a difference to us! Luuck is working hard and sometime doesn't have a single day off for weeks at a time(he's worked 32 days straight at one point)! That leaves me conserving more water not knowing when he'll be off to fill and doing a dock run with the kids alone will never EVER happen. I did attempt to do Jerry jugs once on my own...never EVER again....those 5 gallon jugs are heavy....5 gallons of water weighs about 40lbs!! Imagine the back breaking work it is to carry, to lift, to hold and pour all the while with a 27lb monkey baby climbing up your legs demanding attention and to be held while a 4 year old talks your ear off about dinosaurs....it's for the birds I tell you...the birds!!! The sound of the water pump continuing on is one of my worse reoccurring nightmares and every time I switch over to the next tank it hurts a little knowing soon a dreaded dock run is approaching or worse late night Jerry jug run- which has happened! My beloved wash machine is still getting used but not as often as I'd like- we normally do a power wash of laundry of 4 or 5 loads as we are simlotanisuly at the dock filling up on water. With a water maker I'd use the washer every single day....we have the dirty clothes for it that's for sure.

With all that said we finally after 5 years of cruising decided to bite the bullet and get a water maker to change our cruising lives for the better! This. Will. Be. Life. Changing. Now deciding on a water maker is no small feet- how much water to make, engine driven, 12v, generator, size, threw hulls, control panels, where to put the actual unit is enough to make your head spin. I still don't fully understand all of it- I probably never will- all I know is it takes the salt out of salt water!

We decided to go with CruiseRO Water- Rich, a fellow cruiser himself and the genius brains behind the making of the awesome water maker, is...wait for it....a cruiser- I know I already said that but he knows what it's like being out as a full time live aboard/cruiser. He's lived the life we are living...he knowsHaving to be power conscience, space awareness and the fact most full time cruisers are struggling to keep the dream alive, so more economically friendly than most units out there. All that and the fact that his units are module as well-'meaning you can interchange parts of need and will most likely be able to find them at any hardware store is a huge bonus! Also his customer service is to par- emails back within the hour people! That's huge- gotta question- email Rich- gotta problem? Email Rich- wanna just chit chat - email rich and he answers them all personally! It's amazingly great! His units are high out-put water makers that range from 20 gallons per hour to 40 gallons per hour! Surely he has one for you to fit your budget and need!

CruiseRO water maker design and philosophy is simple:
Build a water maker that is easy to install, operate, service and repair, but most importantly do it without a “Marine” or “Cruising Gear” price premium. Designing a low cost water maker with no proprietary parts, that lock you into an overpriced relationship for consumables or replacement parts, doesn’t just result in a cheaper water maker, but in a better water maker.

Beautifully said...beautiful idea... We can't wait to get our paws on one of these babies!!

We are simple folk. We are some cheap folk as well! So we chose the sm20 simple water maker. 20 gallons an hour! Luuck will be putting it in himself and anything with simple in the name we are sold! The big reason behind why we chose the simple is the control panel. We don't need a control panel to show us what's getting put in our tanks- and its less wiring... one less hole in our boat... one less thing for the kids to play with...one less thing for me to yell to leave alone. So we will be excited to share with you how simple installation will be and documenting the whole thing!! Stay tuned for the installment!!

imageWell Folks...Its safe to say I'm the world's most terrible blogger/vlogger around. I haven't written or signed on in so long that I actually forgot my username and password...again! When I do get around to write or edit a video...its always rushed... With 2 kids running around on our tiny floating home I'm half crazed and get side tracked easily. I do apologize! I am going to try and get more involved in this again...no promises tho!

What have we been up to that past couple months?? Well Luuck has been busy with work. It is hurricane season so it has slowed down some. The horrible "H" season is almost over and we got out untouched...thank God. This was our first season outside of the "safe zone".  We have had a few sailing excursions to neighboring islands during the down time. This time of year everything is so quite, a lot of stuff is closed but that means we get the whole beautiful anchorages to ourselves. What experience we lose in not seeing the lively-ness in season hustle we gain in actually seeing the raw beauty of the island itself. I can't complain!

The kids and I had a quick trip home to the states to see my mom...Which was great! Stormer has been involved in soccer, tennis and started kindergarten(homeschool). Rio has been growing up so fast and at the stage where he wants to be naked all the time..Whoo hooo for cleaning up baby pee daily! I myself have been busy trying to be a teacher/mommy/wife/planner/chef/cleaner...the list is never ending! Never a dull moment here on kalani...never!

What are our plans....well we just had an amazing, beautiful and most importantly comfortable sail to St Maarten. The Anegada passages is one of the most dreaded in these parts....beating into the waves and wind. We picked an awesome calm 5-10kts of wind outta the South and it was amazing- we made it in just about 18 hours. The moon was full and was amazingly big rising- it was beautiful! We have some stuff that we need to do here, boat work projects included and of course seeing friends, family, and eat a ton of French cheese!! So we are kicking it in the land of greatness for the next month or so before Luuck has to go back to work for another busy season of charters!!

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Dock life is great! Run outta water??? No problem... Let me just step off the boat to land, grab the hose and fill up the tank! I pad dead??? No worries let me plug it in next to the other iPads and cell phones already charging! Is it hotter than hairy monkey balls out there??? Who cares the ac is blowing and it's an Arctic Tundra inside our boat...hop aboard! Yup, there are major major bonuses being on the dock.

I've written before about how awesome Nanny Cay is...the marina of all marinas- it is awesome and we do love it! We could comfortable stay here...pretty much forever. The thought of leaving is kinda scary...why leave a good thing, right?? And that is exactly why we have decided to leave...to get off the dock and go onto a mooring ball in a new location. We got into a comfort zone here(which that's good, comfort zones can be great) but here's the thing about a comfort zone....it's a magical place where nothing ever grows! Why bother going out trying a new restaurant or grocery store or anything when the convenience is right here...we need new, we need to explore!

That including with we are paying an arm and a leg every month in "rent"- this awesomeness comes with a price and rightfully so. It hurts every month to hand over our hard earned cash to pay for a slip that is enough to be renting a 2 bed house. We bought a boat to have the freedom, to live "off the grid" so to speak, to not be a slave to bills. We are working just to live and that's not for us. We have dreams of doing other things else where in this world so we have to start saving to achieve that. And while here was a great spot to get accustomed to the new island we get to call home and get on our feet- I am truly thankful for this spot  because...well...it was great! It's time for us to find greatness else where and save some cash! To get back on the water, hatches open, swimming off the back, showering- shaving my legs and armpits off the back in the sunshine for all to see!! Goodbye dock life- hello beautiful openness!!

Our backyard...
Our backyard...

 

Well we've been here in Tortola now for just over 2 months. While some things aren't as we expected others are better than we imagined. We have adjusted well to life attached to the dock! The marina is one of the best we stayed in- Nanny Cay has got it going on. A nice beach full of great shells for Stormer to find "treasure", a nice pool, the best coffee shop ever( my lady, Rose, sees us daily) grocery store, and restaurants.

We have our daily "structure" when Luuck is at work! While I love to have some structure to our days a routine day in and day out...I can't do- sure Rio has scheduled nap times but I can "wear" him in his ergo carrier- so I try and change it up as much as possible. The first couple weeks was hard to find a groove...it was tough not having Luuck around- he hadn't worked in months so we were together 24/7 with the kids. Coming here we knew it'd be full on and back to work...which is good. I just wasn't prepared for the 2 kid juggle. Putting Rio down for naps/bedtime on his own was a big issue and still is-haha! The kid is stubborn! At the moment we have given into him- so he's back to sleeping on or with us- I will break this habit one day...until then I will totally enjoy the sweet baby cuddles- they won't last forever. He's getting so big- he has a set of chompers on him now and taking steps- he'll be full blown walking soon. Stormer, I started "homeschooling" (for now) and he goes to art tots and tumble tots on wednesday and Friday. We are keeping busy.

Luuck has been busting his butt working and he is loving his new gig with Scott on Aristocat doing day charters. He's home every night to tuck Stormer in and to bounce Rio back to sleep in the middle of the night- he has the night shift! This job is A LOT better than his last where we only saw him 1 day a week for 3 months straight. While he is off making us the money I turned into miss Susie homemaker. I take care of the kids, boat, do laundry(with 3 guys-it's never ending) and make sure dinner is ready when daddy Luuck comes home...who would've ever thought?! Not I...but here I am doing it- Stormer helps me a lot and has become the little chef as well- we make dinner together. I am in love with the wonderbag- it makes my life so much easier!! I use it daily making dinner in the after noon- so it's ready in time. Less fuss later when the kids are on the breaking point after a long day! We are a total team,Luuck and I, to make this lifestyle work for us and that's what I love- we couldn't do it without one another. Our "jobs" while being very different are both equally important. Appreciation...we have for one another...

We are currently shopping for a car as much as I love the marina, I still need off the "compound"with the kids. And with Stormer getting more into activities it's needed. Luuck has gotten back into rugby and I back into yoga. We have done some island exploring on luucks days off and I must say every single beach we have seen has been beautiful here! Clear water, white sand, palms- very picturesque! I can get use to it here, I think. We have yet to go out cruising the area but just seeing Tortola I see why this is such a popular destination with bareboat charters and cruisers alike. We have just recently made a trip to St Thomas, (I wouldn't call the quick sail there cruising) as our tourist extensions were denied. We had to leave with less than 24 hour notice and get medicals done for Stormer and myself to come back in as dependents. While busy getting the doctor stuff done there we got a chance to see some of the island...I LOVE IT!! St Thomas is awesome! I haven't lived in the states over 7 years and in that time I've been home for a total of 8 months....so I was crazed, happy and excited to see "home comforts" only a short sail away. It totally makes me love where we are at even more!! A video of our trip is in the making!! We will get out cruising this summer when the crowds have thinned out and work isn't so busy. Until then we are just living the island life!