Originally Posted by andreas.mehlin
Can you give me some advice before installing this 160E?
Where is good location? Bow, middle, stern? High or low?
Do you put the water directly into your water tank or do you have a separate just to make sure a bad watermaker doesn't make all water un-drinkable?
As watermakers go the 160Es are simple units. If you take 10 of the same exact boats and the same system you'll have ten different installations. The first thing I'd recommend is to take your time deciding where you want to install it. You don't want for example to bury it under bunks ladden down with gear
that makes it a pain to service
. All watermakers need to be properly and regularly serviced if you want them to behave. If they're hard to get to then the that service
is less likely to get done. Keep it as close to the waterline as possible, I don't recommend that it is installed in the bilge
area. Each year I re-build several watermakers that were installed in the bilge
and were flooded. Keep it as close to the intake thru hull
as possible keeping these runs as short as possible. Make sure you properly size and protect the electrical
feed to the unit. On a manual unit like the 160E a simple three way valve should be installed on the product out put line so you can test the water first before directing it to your tanks
. Add some extra product tube to the test side as this is a perfect way to fill water bottles, jugs, pots for cooking
, or have a way to get fresh water when your fresh water tanks
on board go sour. Many times routing the test line to the galley
sink and adding a small "J" faucet is really, really, handy.