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Old 02-02-2014, 11:24   #16
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

Do you really want to run your engine during the entire time that you want to make water, each and every time you make water? I don't know, I'm just asking... It is a very rare thing that I have to run my engine while at anchor because of my solar.
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Old 02-02-2014, 13:15   #17
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

I'm assuming since you also mentioned charging your batteries that you don't have solar or a wind generator on board. Is that correct? If you don't, then an engine driven unit may be perfect since you'll be running the engine anyway. If you have solar or wind, I'd personally go with a different model since running the engine could get annoying. And expensive!

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Old 02-02-2014, 14:26   #18
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

I have 2x 235 watt Solar panels, the plan is to run the engine for approx two hrs per day on the longer legs, ie-Atlantic and Panama to Marquesas when required to make water and top up the batteries that the solar hasn't put back. Not going for Wind generator as predominant wind is behind the boat and wont be overly efficient.
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Old 02-02-2014, 18:50   #19
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

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I have 2x 235 watt Solar panels, the plan is to run the engine for approx two hrs per day on the longer legs, ie-Atlantic and Panama to Marquesas when required to make water and top up the batteries that the solar hasn't put back. Not going for Wind generator as predominant wind is behind the boat and wont be overly efficient.
Now I'm confused. Why would you want to burn all that extra fuel if you've got solar? The whole point of solar is to keep from running your engine. Since you're planning on running you engine anyway, I'll gladly take those worthless, unnecessary and unsightly panels off your hands.

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Old 02-02-2014, 19:45   #20
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

Watermakers like to be run every few days or less. You don't want to put one in and only run it occasionally. So size one that works with the solar you plan on having, and then run it often.

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Old 02-02-2014, 20:10   #21
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Re: Optimaax Watermaker

Thanks Kevin,
Be nice if we could totally rely on the solar panels(unsightly-yes but necessary) to run all the electrics, but don't think for a moment they will be up to that, therefore need the Alternator to top up. Id rather run the engine for a couple of hrs and make way especially if its light, over a generator or similar. And in the process making water so that we can all have a hot shower
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