At an ungodly cost in funds and effort, I have successfully installed a piece of equipment that allows us to create a severely limited supply of the life giving substance most people take for granted. Fresh water.
Very few upgrades have been discussed, hashed out, re-hashed, and researched as much as the installation of the watermaker. On a small boat like ours there are two major styles, each with an extensive list of pro’s and cons. They boil down to high output/high electricity output, and low output/low electricity draw.
The high output model requires a generator to be running while its on. I don’t like them. They’re heavy and loud and require gasoline. If the zombie apocalypse hits and we can’t get gas we have no water. The low output makes an annoying buzzing sound but in the cockpit with the door shut I can’t hear it. Downstairs its irritating but I can live with it. It can run off the solar panels. Suck it zombie’s, we went low output.
Like many big ticket items, there are many models and manufacturers. After many hours of internet research we went with the Spectra brand 200T model. It draws 10amps DC and puts out 8 gallons per hour.
In the interest of saving some cash and desire to have intimate knowledge of the thing when I breaks, I decided an owner install was the way to go. The dealer came out to deliver the beast and spent a couple hours with me laying out where all the hoses and components would go.
With a somewhat nauseous thought that I was in over my head, I put on a brave smile, thanked him for his time and was on my own.
No need for the gory details, but about 60 hours, 3 minor lacerations, a multitude of bruises, enough cursing to make captain Jack Sparrow blush, and 4 trips to the hardware store later the system is installed and functioning! Yay!