Gathering Rain Water from Tropical Storm COLIN

Tropical Strom 'COLIN' Wind Speed Probability Map on June 7, 2016

Tropical Storm ‘COLIN’ Wind Speed Probability Map (June 7, 2016)

What is the average daily water consumption per person? It depends on your location. Living on a boat, we have to be frugal with water. We have three water tanks on the boat for a total of 200 gallons (=757 liters, 1 Gallon = 3.785 Liters) of water. On the boat, we usually make water each day until all the tanks are full.

Due to the strong wind from Tropical Storm COLIN, while staying at the Mooring Field (Mooring Fee: US$21.30/Day) in Saint Augustine City Marina, we stopped making water because the source of the sea water looked stirred. It might be from the strong wind but we didn’t want to have our water maker filters plugged.

Vehicles Parked on the Beach by the Saint Augustine Inlet, Florida, USA

Vehicles Parked on the Beach by the Saint Augustine Inlet, Florida, USA

Then, tropical storm COLIN passed above us as it was forecasted; the storm brought us heavy rain. Our boat got a rain shower. For the first time on the boat, we also decided to collect the rain water. Opening the water tank caps on the deck, we made a dam by placing a towel downstream next to the caps.

When I woke up in the morning, I wanted to taste the rain water which was filtered twice through our system. It was as good as my favorite bottled water treat ‘Dasani’ or ‘Aguafina’. After drinking brewed coffee made from rain water and then washing my face with soft rain water, I realized that we have long distance to go to get out of the hurricane zone.

Picture from Dugout Canoes Exhibit; Native Americans made Canoes from trees, burning and carving out the hull.

Picture from Dugout Canoes Exhibit; The free exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through January 2017 at the Government House Museum in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA. Native Americans made Canoes from trees, burning and carving out the hull


Old Fish Hooks Displayed at the "Dugout Canoes Exhibit"

Old Fish Hooks Displayed at the “Dugout Canoes Exhibit”

These modern paddles, from all over the Americas, are still part of indigenous cultures today.

These modern paddles, from all over the Americas, are still part of indigenous cultures today.


Participants Getting Ready for Drake's Raid Reenactment in 2016, Saint Augustine, Florida, USA; This exciting historical re-enactment brings to life the 1586 siege of San Agustin by Sir Francis Drake.

Participants Getting Ready for Drake’s Raid Reenactment in 2016, Saint Augustine, Florida, USA; This exciting historical re-enactment brings to life the 1586 siege of San Agustin by Sir Francis Drake.


Trolley in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA

Trolley in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA


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