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Nothing is considered too good for the yacht’s owner and guests. The designer fabric and furniture, the designer clothes, even the chef-designed food all play a part in the makeup and personality of a yacht.
Even the most basic of items must be designed especially for yacht guests. I’m speaking about the designer water.
Yachts spend an incredible amount of money on the bottled stuff. But how do yacht crew know what is the best water for the yacht? Yes, the owner and guests will request certain brands, but it’s best for us to know what makes designer waters different and how to provide the best for our bosses and guests.
When we walk into a store to buy bottled water, we see all the labels and keywords that try to entice us: Natural spring water; electrolytes; PH-balanced; alkaline; carbonated or spring. Just how much of this is phoney and how much is real?
Just by breathing and living, we lose valuable electrolytes, which are minerals with an electric charge. Water replenishes them. Some of the main minerals our bodies need are magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium, most of which are found in mineral water.
Mineral water contains no more than 250 parts per million of dissolved solids, trace elements and minerals. No other minerals can be added.
When buying bottled water, it’s better to select the ones with some minerals. Steer clear of water from municipal sources, city sources or water labeled as distilled or purified. That’s the same as tap water, which is disinfected to protect us from bacteria and toxins. With disinfecting comes DBP (disinfectant by-products), which can interact with organic matter and cause havoc in our bodies.
Instead, look for water that comes from an artesian well or a natural source. Artesian well water uses sandstone or other stone as the aquifer, which is a natural filter. Spring water comes from an underground source and is collected at the spring source or by a tapping system.
Pure water has a ph level of 7. Alkaline water has a higher ph of 8 or 9. Some experts say that this type of water diminishes the acidosis in the body. There is no proof that it does, but because it contains minerals that can accumulate in the body, someone with kidney disease might not want to drink it. A diet high in fresh vegetables will result in high alkalinity gradually.
Ultimately, choosing a bottled water for the yacht comes down to taste. It’s best to have an assortment of waters onboard for the owners and guests so that they have a choice. These are some of the best waters in the world:
One last thought. Despite what the owners and guests request, the watermakers on a yacht provide perfectly acceptable drinking and cooking water without all the plastic waste. But that’s only true if the water tanks are maintained properly and if the yacht fills the tank from a reputable source. Too many crew have suffered from giardia and other bacteria found in water from poor sources.
Mary Beth Lawton Johnson is a certified executive pastry chef and Chef de Cuisine and has worked on yachts for more than 25 years. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.