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Old 05-11-2019, 05:53   #1
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Looking for any advice on getting a new watermaker

We're currently in Martinique after sailing here from Grenada so we can get our Sea Recovery 115v watermaker (new) replaced with a Spectra Catalina 340 12v.

The reason is because our Paguro generator has died after 200ish hours and the manufacturer is not honoring the warranty.

In Grenada, we gave up trying to order one because of lack of a response so we called around and the shop in Martinique said they could get it. They charged over $13,000 to our credit card but then didn't order it because they said they never received the payment. Luckily out bank is dealing with that!

After talking with the shop in St Lucia, we were planning on going there for the install but they've gone silent (I'll give them another day though).

Does anyone know if this is something I can fly to Florida to buy and bring back on the plane? Will Spectra send an installer? We're a bit stuck in that we're on our way to Florida to import the boat (can't stop in Puerto Rico or we would) and we would really like a watermaker.

A bunch of Jerry cans is our backup.
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Hi crayii, If you'd like to call me please feel free. Spectra is backed up due partially to Dorian. But I'm in Florida and can at the least help you with this. This is a problem when people rely on generators to operate their watermakers. If your generator goes down most are also out a watermaker.


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This is a problem when people rely on generators to operate their watermakers. If your generator goes down most are also out a watermaker.
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Yeah, it's crazy, I've been to Grenada, St Lucia, and now Martinique and hired good mechanic shops at each but still can't get the genset to run. It's under warranty as well but they aren't much help.

Getting a new watermaker shipped in has been an exercise in frustration.

We are now planning on buying and filling water Jerry cans and sailing non-stop to Florida to have everything fixed.

The WAF on this is in the toilet unfortunately.
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Iím not trying to talk you out of a Spectra, but buy a Honda, then you can deal with this at your leisure and not as an emergency.
Or, why not fix your generator?
You can not depend on warranties and other people to fix your stuff, most are honestly incompetent, and finding the ones that arenít, well how do you do that when your moving all the time?
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Iím not trying to talk you out of a Spectra, but buy a Honda, then you can deal with this at your leisure and not as an emergency.
Or, why not fix your generator?
You can not depend on warranties and other people to fix your stuff, most are honestly incompetent, and finding the ones that arenít, well how do you do that when your moving all the time?
The watermaker draws 20 amps so I don't think the Honda will do it.

I've spent days looking for the part (as has the generator service company) for the fuel pump we need. We also need a new water pump and exhaust elbow. Weeks are turning into months on the generator.

I just bought a plane ticket back to the States to buy a fuel pump. Seriously, that's what it's come to. Most expensive fuel pump I've ever purchased.

That and JB Weld may get us on our way temporarily.
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There is a Spectra guy at the watermaker place in Falmouth harbor Antigua.

Sorry to hear about your problems
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I read back through the OP and was unclear if a purchase has already been made.I am considering replacing an older Little Wonder 7ph unit and considering
Cruise RO watermakers 20gph 120VAC that will run off a Honda 2000 generator. Cost is around $4300 complete (you may not need all pumps/filters since you are replacing an existing install) and is assembled from non-proprietary parts so repair/replace is straightforward. Installation looks pretty straightforward too. Full disclosure: I am avoiding automated WMs (like Spectra Catalina) due to complexity and strong desire to limit number of motherboards on my boat, so the Cruise RO unit is not exactly apples/apples to the Spectra Catalina. Cruise RO is run by a cruiser from his Force 50 in Morro Bay CA and is pretty popular amongst the cruiser set. He may have some decent info, and it may be easier to import as pieces and may stay below a financial threshold.
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You might want to give Echo-Tec based in Trinidad a call. His watermakers are very good.


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I read back through the OP and was unclear if a purchase has already been made.I am considering replacing an older Little Wonder 7ph unit and considering
Cruise RO watermakers 20gph 120VAC that will run off a Honda 2000 generator. Cost is around $4300 complete (you may not need all pumps/filters since you are replacing an existing install) and is assembled from non-proprietary parts so repair/replace is straightforward. Installation looks pretty straightforward too. Full disclosure: I am avoiding automated WMs (like Spectra Catalina) due to complexity and strong desire to limit number of motherboards on my boat, so the Cruise RO unit is not exactly apples/apples to the Spectra Catalina. Cruise RO is run by a cruiser from his Force 50 in Morro Bay CA and is pretty popular amongst the cruiser set. He may have some decent info, and it may be easier to import as pieces and may stay below a financial threshold.
With a 115v watermaker, two complex pieces of equipment need to be running. I've been burned way too much on generators to keep one in the mix.
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I would sail to Trinidad and get it all sorted there. Great diesel/electrical engineering shops, and this little scandinavian outfit that build watermakers with a v good reputation!

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We have used a SeawaterPro 20gph unit for several years. It cost well,under $2000 and we run it off our solar, batteries, and 2000 w inverter.
Itís been trouble free, no electronics, and Mike the owner is always available for free support and advice
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No, 20 amps at 120 VAC would take two Hondaís paralleled, but they could easily do it.
You could buy two Hondaís and sell them and probably only lose a couple of hundred dollars.
That way you could go to Fl and get Tellie to install it right. IĒm sure you know that installation is very important to a good trouble free, easy to service system.
What kind of output did 20 amps give you? I assume 60 or 70 gallons an hour?
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Iíve been looking at purchasing a watermaker Iím in PNW sent emails to dealer for both Spectra and zen30 Iíve called distributors with no response Iím in canada and canít get service so not surprised with your issue in the Caribbean
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Iíve been looking at purchasing a watermaker Iím in PNW sent emails to dealer for both Spectra and zen30 Iíve called distributors with no response Iím in canada and canít get service so not surprised with your issue in the Caribbean
I was just told after paying way over retail that the Spectra 340 will ship today. They said two day delivery so, we'll see.
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