Hi everyone, I'm Dave, the engineer
behind Rainman. I live on my yacht in Sydney
It's great to see the interest in our machine. We've been developing our products for a couple of years now, and we're about to take them to the world market.
What we've tried to do is simplify desalination.
Polls of cruisers regularly rate watermakers as some of the most expensive and high maintenance
systems on a boat. Similarly, the installation
of a watermaker is not a small project
We believe we've addressed many of these issues by offering a product that arrives ready to make water, requires no installation
and if and when service
is required, the machine can be serviced in a workshop, rather than in the bowels of your boat.
A few posters mentioned they already have Honda generators, so they wouldn't want a 4 stroke
powered machine. For those customers we're debuting a portable AC electric
powered watermaker that plugs into your generator
at the METS boat show
Another questioned whether it's a good idea to use our pressure unit for washing
as well as watermaking. Both the Honda Engine and the General Pump stainless pump are best in class, and are rated for thousands of hours of operation. Why not use it for both?
Regarding price: Tellie, I think you might have gotten the exchange rate mixed up or something, our systems start at about US$4500
and go to about US$6200
We hope prospective customers factor in total cost of ownership
. Yes, there are cheaper machines available, and machines the same price that make a fraction of the gallons per hour of our portable watermakers. At least here in Sydney
, the several days required to install a watermaker is charged at $90 an hour, with a haul-out required to fit the through-hull.
Similarly, a common cause of watermaker malfunction
is lack of use. You can take a Rainman watermaker home with you at the end of a cruise
, away from the corrosion
and neglect that causes so many watermaker headaches.
And Robyjeff, yes we agree about needing a manual mode. By making our units portable, we've been able to do away with the need for electronics
, solenoids and other high-maintenance components. We feel our fully manual machines are more in keeping with seaworthy
design. Simple, robust, less to go wrong.
Tellie and Rich, great to hear your thoughts. I've been reading your posts for years, and in fact your views on watermaker issues have definitely influenced the design of our machines. I look forward to you both joining our dealer network some time down the track!
We'll be at the METS trade
show in Amsterdam
next month. If anyone wants to drop by for a chat, come and say hi.