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Old 24-09-2018, 15:34   #1
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Reviving an Old Spectra Watermaker

I have an older Spectra watermaker. The pumps seem to work but it's been sitting for a decade.

What are the steps I need to take to recommission this thing?

Is there a good way to test it out to see what I have now and what is or isn't working?
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Thank you. He's in South Florida. I'm closer to Maine. I wasn't looking to hire anyone just yet. I'm trying to learn how these watermakers work, how to test them, how to diagnose them and what readings I should have on my pressure and salinity meter thing.

I'm just new with watermakers.
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Re: Reviving an Old Spectra Watermaker

Here you go!
They were always helpful when I had questions for the 12 plus years we owned our Catalina 380 system.

https://www.spectrawatermakers.com/us/us
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Thank you. He's in South Florida. I'm closer to Maine. I wasn't looking to hire anyone just yet. I'm trying to learn how these watermakers work, how to test them, how to diagnose them and what readings I should have on my pressure and salinity meter thing.



I'm just new with watermakers.

Iím awfully sure that he will talk you though whatever you need to do, without being hired to do so. He doesnít have an agenda, and wonít have you spending money you donít need to.
Iíd imagine that maybe some components may need some sort of servicing having sat that long, and if you donít it may cause damage, but thatís just a guess.
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Thank you. He's in South Florida. I'm closer to Maine. I wasn't looking to hire anyone just yet. I'm trying to learn how these watermakers work, how to test them, how to diagnose them and what readings I should have on my pressure and salinity meter thing.

I'm just new with watermakers.
just give him a call or pm he will be happy to talk you thru any issues over the phone he is a great resource for us all
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Iím awfully sure that he will talk you though whatever you need to do, without being hired to do so. He doesnít have an agenda, and wonít have you spending money you donít need to.
Iíd imagine that maybe some components may need some sort of servicing having sat that long, and if you donít it may cause damage, but thatís just a guess.
I sent him a pm letting him know assistance is needed. He should be along shortly.
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Re: Reviving an Old Spectra Watermaker

Hi Choto, I'd be more than happy to help you out. All I need to know is the model and hopefully the year if your watermaker. We can discuss it here so everyone who might be interested can benefit as well.



Thanks for the PM Newhaul, hope all is well with you and yours.
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Thanks senormechanico and sailjumanji.



I just finished one of those not so great Mondays. You have no idea how much this means before I finally end my day. Thanks again.
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Re: Reviving an Old Spectra Watermaker

The spectra is remarkably durable. At the price, they should be. I have had mine for 19 years and most of that time it was sitting idle - but with the storage solution inside, and renewed every two years or so.

I'm sure the Spectra techs will help you with firing up and running your Spectra. My suggestions below are only offered as a preview.

When you are running any fresh water or solutions, do not use normal tap water unless you have run it though a carbon filter, or use distilled water.

You may find some leaks in the system. Before bothering to chemically clean the system or check for fresh water output, follow directions specific to your model for starting it up but using just fresh non-chlorinated water at the intake. First make sure the low pressure pump(s) are running. Then check it all carefully for leaks. I bought a Clark pump seal kit and solved some leaks in the Clark oump and I bought a new low-pressure pump to replace one of the originals that had been corroded due to a small leak I had not noticed. Salt water not good for electric motors!


After you fix any leaks you can run a cleaning cycle. Spectra has two different chemical solutions, one for cleaning and one for storage. Get them from most chandleries. Go online to get the directions for how to run a cleaning cycle.

If the cleaning cycle shows no major amount of discoloration in the solution, and after flushing thoroughly with fresh water, you can finally try it with salt water input - but only if you are in clean ocean water. If not you can mix up your own salt water equivalent in a bucket. Direct the brine output back into the same bucket for re-cycling. Run it 10 minutes then check for taste and smell. You should get a TDS meter and use that as well. You want less than 700PPM but Spectra usually runs less than 300PPM.
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Thanks senormechanico and sailjumanji.
I just finished one of those not so great Mondays. You have no idea how much this means before I finally end my day. Thanks again.
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Hope your Tuesday is better.

The Spectra Ventura on our previous boat made over 70,000 litres and the only service other than filters was a new low pressure pump after about 5 years of use. When we sold the boat the water-maker was still going strong.

Our new boat does not have a water-maker yet but we have designed a space for the slightly larger Cape Horn model, which I think from Forum posts may be Tellieís favourite.
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Re: Reviving an Old Spectra Watermaker

Ok, found the manuals!

I'm following the procedure to start up a pickled system since the 20 and 5 micron filters were fresh and clear. Ok, the filters weren't fresh and clear because none were installed but the water in the filter housing was perfect. It seems to be the brine because it burned a small cut I have when I opened it and spilled some.

I'm getting ready to install the 20 micron filter right now and it seems to be too long!

The system is a Spectra 380C with the extra membrane and housing to make extra water.

The prefilter says "Spectra 20 Micron Nominal Filter" on it. Took it out of the plastic and started to screw it in place and the filter seems a couple inches too long.

Any wisdom on this?

I think I have a perfectly pickled watermaker here.
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If you decide to sell your 380c, I’d be interested in buying it.

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