My work list is now complete except for the task I've been putting off - placing my Spectra 380 water
maker in service
after more than a year. Once the weather
rises above freezing (is this really Florida
?) we're heading out to the Tortugas and the admiral thinks it would be nice to have water
to drink while we're there.
I've read everything I can in the tech manuals
, gotten hints from JT (thanks again!) yet I still know deep down that some measure of Voodoo will be required to get this thing running again...
We bought a well-maintained boat and the state of the water maker components looks like it too was well maintained. But that's just what I can see from the outside. It's condition right now is:
- the raw water
strainer was very dirty as it was left open to the main sea water strainer. I cleaned that up OK.
- I have 2 feed pumps and 2 (maybe 3 - can't picture it at the moment) pre-filter housings. Both housings had their filter elements removed. One housing is completely dry, the other is about 50% full of water and white bio growth (looks like white clouds suspended in the water.) I think I have 2 - 20 micron filters, one upstream of each feed pump, and one 5-micron filter downstream of those)
- No idea yet if the Clark pump, feed pumps, etc actually work as I've never switched the power on
- I have LOTS of extra pre-filter cartridges, the Sc-1/2/3 chemicals and a packet of 800ppm salinity test solution.
So, I have a reasonable expectation that when the system was laid up it was pickled properly. Starting today I plan to go through the "Unknown condition" start-up procedures shown in the manual.
Would appreciate any tips from others who have approached a unit in similar unknown condition. I'm confident that I understand the functions of each component, but have never played with one of these before. That's why I figure I'll need the Voodoo to help....