Originally Posted by Tayana42
S/V Third Day, Rich, I'm interested to learn more about your water makers set up for the portable Honda generator. I have a Tayana Vancouver aft cockpit with no room for an installed genset. I already use the honda for recharging the batteries. We've been living aboard
and cruising SoCal for 10 months now and would really appreciate a water maker.
I have questions about,
(I already have a salt
water supply from a sea chest)
B. What is needed for ongoing maintenance
C. What is needed for pickling for periods of disuse?
If these questions are already answered on a web sit just direct me there.
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You can download a copy to our most popular selling water maker at this link:
Reading through the manual will give you a pretty good feeling for the units installation and operation. Of course you can always shoot me an email
or call me at 619-609-3432 and I'll be happy to answer questions all day long. While living aboard here in Morro Bay any diversion from boat projects or entering my CC receipts into Quickbooks after the Newport
, RI boat show
is a welcome distraction!
Our office is in San Diego
, and you are more than welcome to come by and talk to us and check out the system.
To your specific questions that may be of value to other as well:
1. Our 20GPH water maker is $4395 and the more popular 30 GPH water maker is $5250. Downloading the manual should take care of the big installation questions; mainly "Can I do it myself". We designed the water maker and manual so that the average cruiser could do the installation themselves. But we also have a great guy in Long beach if you want to hire someone for the installation.
2. For some reason, water makers have a horrible reputation for being hard and expensive to maintain. I think that was true for older unit when the technology was “new” to boats, but today I just don’t see a water maker being any more difficult to maintain than any other boat system. The water maker needs to be Ran or Flushed once every 5-7 days. OR you can pull a pickling preservative into the water maker and leave it along for 6 months at a time. Fresh water flushing
is turning a 3-way valve and pushing a button. While some water makers do this automatically, our concept
is manual is good…electronics are bad. So we save cost, complexity and future repair issues by turning valves by hand rather than letting a computer brain do it for us. So for real ongoing maintenance, you wash the prefilters out monthly and then change them every 4 months. The cost of a prefitler since we use a non-proprietary size is $7. Activated carbon filter for fresh water flushing
, you change out once every 6 months, $7. And for the big expense you have a $187 RO Membrane to swap out once every 5-7yrs. It’s fully warrantied for 3yrs. Why is our RO Membrane $187 while others charge $400, $500 or even $700 for one? Because we simply don’t look at the RO Membrane as a way to make money
from our clients, but just support them for already giving me some of their money in the first place. We have had other companies tell clients we are using “seconds or reject membranes”, or that theirs are “special”. Theirs are special all right, special at draining your cruising kitty. The Dow SW30-2540 membrane is the Gold standard and the one we use, but what else do you expect someone say I guess when they are trying to charge $500 for the same $187 membrane…they have to say something right….
3. Pickling seems to be a scary complicated term but all it really means is pulling in a preservative to keep the bacteria from growing wild in the system when not in use. You can go years without ever needing to pickle, or if you leave your boat for weeks or months, just pull in the preservative and relax, you are NOT hurting your membrane by leaving it pickled (another cruiser myth). Just turn a 3-way valve, suck it into the system, a 5 minute job at most. To unpickle, you just run the water maker for 10 minutes when you want to restart it and it’s back in business.