Ropati – Gas, Water and Electricity

Water, Gas & Electricity

Living on a boat is all about the art of simplicity, which is quite complicated in practise. Follow this way of life in the serie `Ropati`. Hopefully it will help you to understand more about the daily boat life.

We use water in the kitchen and in the bathroom. In the kitchen are two sinks with three taps. Two taps are directly connected to the watertanks, and one of them has a special installation with a filter, so we can drink the water from the tanks. The third tap directly serves water from the sea. We use this water to rinse, so we save our fresh water. The two tanks of each 500 liter (so we have a maximum of 1000 liters water on board) are located underneath the two double bedrooms on each side of the kitchen. If the tanks are completly filled Ropati hangs with her heavy derriére deep in the water, so we have ‘to climb’ to the living room in the front.

As well the fridge, as the lights, as the navigation systems are only functioning with electricity. If you are just like me, and not really interested in this kind of ‘technical stuff’, please feel free to skip the next alinea. I totally understand. It took me some time to get interested in the electrical part of the boat, and I am still learning, so here is some information for so far I understand it myself. If you really want to know more about this subject send us a message and the French Seaman will reply.

Ropati has four ways of generating electricity. With a cable on land, during sailing with the hydro-generator, with solar panels and when we use the motor. The energy is loaded in two batteries and transported by cables. We can tap the electricity from several point in the boat, like in a house, but not when we are sailing. Then we can only use on special point which is directly connected to one of the batteries that is loaded by solar panels and/or the motor. Until here I understand my own explanation and that’s about is. It’s more complicated than this, but the most important thing is that we have electricity.

The cooker and oven are not electric, but they work on gas. Gas is explosive, therefore it stays outside the boat in the back of the cockpit. “Far away” from the fire. This is, of course, very relative, but at least we try to avoid all the risk. Some sailors use petrol, which is super safe, but you need the patience of an angel, while it takes hours to cook. By the way, gas is more practical as we can fill the bottles at almost every car station. If things are going wrong there are three fire extinguishers with special ABC powder and a fire blanket if something is on fire. It is highly recommended to use the extinguishers only in case of serious need, like a burning enging or exploding gasbottles, since the powder in the bottle will damage everything, including the engine.

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