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Old 10-03-2018, 14:54   #1
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Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

Hi,
I'm gonna buy a new watermaker. With all of the experience that the community has there's bound to be some really good advice.
Some criteria:
40-60 gph
non proprietary, off the shelf, components
220 volt
automatic operation that can be overridden if necessary
power to run it isn't a problem
All advice and counsel is appreciated.
Ray
ps. do sand filters work?
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Old 10-03-2018, 14:59   #2
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Try using the search engine !
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

I had a Village Marine watermaker and when the automatic stuff failed every 7 years the replacement was $1,500. The total replacement cost was $11,000

I now have a Cruise RO 35 gallon/hr which is 100% manual and the purchase cost was less than $5,000.

I switch it on, set the pressures manually and look at the dials every hour...I can set alot of dials for $7,000.
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Old 11-03-2018, 00:40   #5
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

I'd look very close at Cruise-RO. Looks like an excellent system. I have a similar home made 50+ gal/hr. system. In the process of saving money, and learning, I probably spent twice what Cruise-RO's system costs. They have it all figured out. Standard filters and membranes. Half or less than most of the advertised systems of the same size.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:30   #6
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

Thanks for your input. I looked a RO. Makes a lot of $ence!.
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Just his incredible support, over time is worth the purchase price, what do vendors charge for 365 24*7?

Like a multi-year service contract built into the once-off price.

and the biggest expert in the company, not an outsourced newbie reading from a branching script.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:04   #8
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

Another vote for CruiseRO Cruise RO Water & Power: Watermakers for Boats & Yachts

Very happy with the SM40. There is nothing onerous about operating a manual system, and the modularity allows a lot of flexibility in the installation.
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Old 11-03-2018, 13:11   #9
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

Rainman is good too. I have chosen it over RO due to no electrical installation required.

I would skip manufacturers with outsourced support as likely also some parts of manufacturing outsourced and hence you get corresponding quality and reliability in such a critical component.
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Re: Watermaker manufacturers. Recommendations?

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I had a Village Marine watermaker and when the automatic stuff failed every 7 years the replacement was $1,500. The total replacement cost was $11,000

I now have a Cruise RO 35 gallon/hr which is 100% manual and the purchase cost was less than $5,000.

I switch it on, set the pressures manually and look at the dials every hour...I can set alot of dials for $7,000.
I totally agree with the manual operation. Besides the feed and high pressure pump, there isn't anything to break. Mine was made by SK Watermakers.
https://skwatermakers.net/pages/standard
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