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Old 11-08-2011, 18:38   #1
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Watermaker Question

I have a water maker that is made by village marine. The vessel where the membrane is kept is a propriatory(sp?) Village Marine product sized to fit only VM membranes at $500 a pop. Is it possible to switch out the vessel (is that the right term) for something else where I can use a generic membrane which I have found for uneder $200.
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The vessel where the membrane is kept is a propriatory(sp?)
I'm sure you could find a membrane to fit, but have you tried treating it?

BTW, it's "proprietary"
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I'd be very surprised that there is a proprietary membrane.

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Old 19-08-2011, 05:34   #4
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Re: Watermaker Question

I doubt that your membrane is proprietary.

Which model of Village Marine water maker do you have?

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Re: Watermaker Question

Actually VM has used proprietary 38" membranes in some of their units. This was not an uncommon practice when watermakers first became popular for smaller boats. But if you are fairly handy you can easily replace your existing membrane vessel for a standard 40" vessel that fits a SW2540 membrane. It's a fairly simple plumbing job. But if you buy a new membrane vessel along with some plumbing parts and the $200 membrane you found your intial costs will still be around $500-$600. But if you will be using this watermaker for several years it might be worth the cost if you go through several membranes in the future.
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Re: Watermaker Question

Ours was an HRO, not a Village Marine, and they also had a proprietary membrane . . . and then went so far as to stop making them! We were able to replace the housing and membrane relatively easily -- my recollection is that it took about a half day. Much easier than many other projects we did! (No guarantees since yours is a different brand . . .)
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Re: Watermaker Question

Thaks for the info guys. I will look into this when it is time to replace my membrane
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Actually VM has used proprietary 38" membranes in some of their units. This was not an uncommon practice when watermakers first became popular for smaller boats...
Might inquire at Applied Membranes if that size is no longer proprietary:

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or go to the common 2.5 by 40 inch housing and membrane...

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