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Old 14-09-2018, 14:38   #1
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Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

I'm thinking of improving my watermaker system from the smallish, 12V Shurflo pumps used in the Cape Cod version to the Procon Mag5 vane pump used in the Newport series.

However, as I was researching my options, I found that the pump bodies on these vane pumps is made from 303 stainless. This means they should be having all kinds of corrosion issues on the inside, arising from pumping seawater several hours per day.

Are there users on this forum with one of the Newport series using a vane pump? If so, have you ever popped off the hoses from the pump body to peek inside? Or, have you noticed rusty water coming through your system at startup, despite pumping in pristine water?

I can't figure how Spectra/Katadyn would be willing to provide long-term support for a system that essentially has failure designed into it. Hence, I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing. I contacted Procon and they verified that there is no special pump created for Spectra, and that no 316 stainless version is available.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

They've been around in Spectra watermakers for a while with no issues AFAIK which kind of suggests they do OK. I suspect you will need to fit a VSD to the mag pump unless you pulse it with a pressure switch to get the correct flow rate.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

Would anyone know the Procon vane pump model for a Spectra Newport 700. I would like to buy a spare for which Spectra charges $1823 when the Mag 5 procon pumps vary between $250 and $350.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

You should consider just getting a rebuild kit, instead of a complete pump head. I ended up buying additional heads because I found them inexpensively on eBay (I've bought two of them for less than $100 each), but I also have the rebuild kit on hand.

Edco Distributing sells rebuild kits for $78.

I also ended up forgoing the Mag version of the pump, and just using the direct-drive, as it is much more readily available. Edco sells brand new ones for $240. The versions that would work with the Newport 700 have model numbers like 1x5B240F31xxx, meaning Series-5, 240 GPH, clamp-on connection. The remaining model numbers will indicate the type of bypass valve installed (which should be type A, with settings from 151-250 PSI) and, optionally, what the default setting of this valve is. Further information on how to decode the model number is available at the Procon site.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

I have a five year old Newport 400 MkII. About 1000 hours of use. Have had no problem with the mag drive pump. Never seen rusty water. I also know about a half dozen people with this unit and never heard any of them complain of a rust problem.

I think Spectra had been using this same pump well before they were bought by Katadyn.
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I also ended up forgoing the Mag version of the pump, and just using the direct-drive, as it is much more readily available. Edco sells brand new ones for $240. The versions that would work with the Newport 700 have model numbers like 1x5B240F31xxx, meaning Series-5, 240 GPH, clamp-on connection. The remaining model numbers will indicate the type of bypass valve installed (which should be type A, with settings from 151-250 PSI) and, optionally, what the default setting of this valve is. Further information on how to decode the model number is available at the Procon site.

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I wonder if you would share which pump you used for your Cape Horn and if you if you had any issues or needed anything additional. Are you happy with the result. I too would be interested in upgrading the Shurflo pumps.
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Geoff,

I carefully studied the setup for all the Newport models, and decided on something akin to the Newport 700/1000, but with a lower rated pump. The Newport 400 uses a 140 GPH pump and the larger models use a 240 GPH. I settled on a 190 GPH, which I mated with a 1/2 HP, 240 VAC, three-phase motor, and a VFD from Lenze (AC Tech).

The specific pump model I picked, which does not have the internal bypass valve, is the 105B190F31XX. The bypass valve provides an extra measure of safety, preventing too large of an input pressure to the Clark pump, but I use a pressure switch to achieve the same result.

I'm very happy with the system. The motor and pump are almost silent in operation. The motor runs at about 2/3 of max speed (44 Hz), creating an input pressure to the Clark pump of about 105 PSI.

Obviously, with no controller, the operation of the pump is manual, but the VFD makes this process very easy, as it remembers the last setting.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

Can anyone tell me where to buy a non-original shruflo (or equivalent) pump for my spectra 200T?

Spectra claims that the pump is made specially for them - which I doubt

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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

Thank you for that, Frode. VERY helpful. I need to do a little more research but this is now definitely on my "to do" list.
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Can anyone tell me where to buy a non-original shruflo (or equivalent) pump for my spectra 200T?

Spectra claims that the pump is made specially for them - which I doubt

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I don't have a definitive answer but the following might be helpful.

Defender lists the Shurflow 8008-943-839 as a suitable replacement for Spectra feed pump. Their price $180.

They also list the genuine Spectra/Shurflow for $200.

I SUSPECT that the Spectra pump is the same with maybe a slightly different pump head. but for $20, I'd get the genuine one. Now, if you can find the 8008-943-839 for a bargain price somewhere........
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

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Can anyone tell me where to buy a non-original shruflo (or equivalent) pump for my spectra 200T?

Spectra claims that the pump is made specially for them - which I doubt

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I was reading this thread because I've been thinking of trying to change our 200T to a vane pump, but the last pump I got was a Shurflo 8008-943-839.

Got it at PumpVendor.com. No affiliation but I was happy with their service, they got the pumps (I bought 2 to have a spare) shipped, marked properly for a yacht in transit, paperwork filled out right, all that good stuff.

They also sell parts and kits but we've found that by the time a rebuild is needed the bearings in the motor are also not at their best so just buy the whole pump. Seem to last about two years, full time cruising, two people aboard, probably average 600-700 hours/year.
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Re: Spectra Watermaker Vane Pump Feedback

As I was searching for various pumps came across this no-name that seems to meet the specs for a 200T.

https://www.amazon.com/Diaphragm-Pre.../dp/B072BXBQGC

Might have to risk the $30 some day and see what happens.
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