Originally Posted by kolya
1,500 is much closer to 1,000 than it is to 6,000 .
Who said anything about $6000?
Or are you comparing the 24VDC, 32 gallon/hour unit made by EchoTec ($6000 on their web site) to the pressure washer based, AC powered, 8 gallon an hour unit in one of your links (home built for $1500)?
I have no doubt that you can build a pressure washer based water maker for about $1500. And it would work, for a while. I've considered doing this same thing myself as an emergency
water source. But the fact is that we haven't needed
a water maker yet and I can't justify the cost for this kind of backup.
Note; when I say we haven't needed a water maker, I mean we haven't needed a water maker since 2004, cruising full time. We've been to Mexico
, Central America
, South America
, French Polynesia
and are now back in Mexico
. We have never had a problem getting clean water. I've never had to carry water more then 20ft. And if I add up all the $$ we've spent on water in the past 7 years, it comes to less then the maintenance
costs for a water maker.
I'm sure one day, when we're far from any village or town, anchored with a couple friends in a beautiful spot, we'll need a water maker. When that day comes, I plan to go over to my friend's boat (because nearly everyone has a water maker these days) and ask if he'll fill my tanks
for $100 (~100 gallons). I bet he'll think I'm