Unfortunately, I, too, am experiencing the challenges of having purchased a DIY Watermaker
system. My comments here will hopefully offer more fabric
to our collective experience, and give someone else reading these threads sufficient information to address their situation.
My system, the 30 gph DC version, was shipped incomplete because the owner was going to upgrade my control panel
: that was a year ago. After receiving a commitment from the owner as recently as 2 weeks ago that he would send the necessary parts
to me, I have moved on in an attempt to rescue
a system that I can install and use.
However, since my restoration
of our Westsail 42 has taken longer than I anticipated, which is perhaps a perfect truism I guess, I have yet to install the system I purchased about a year ago or so. I guess my credit card recovery has expired, right?! Arrggh!
Anyway, the story lines I have read give me great pause in proceeding with the system I received. I did not receive the new carbon fiber membrane housings, but have what may be the original tubes. However, I wonder whether the high pressure hose I received, which had rust in it is any good.
Throughout my dealings with DIY, I dealt directly with the owner. Our conversations were expansive and he was always responsive. However, that stopped about 3 months ago or so. When I did have conversations, as recent as 2 weeks ago, the owner explained to me that he had closed that chapter in his life. Really!? He also gave me a brief explanation as to why and what happened. Sadly, I now have even more detail as to why, and am now left with an expensive set of home center parts.
He promised to supply me with the parts I needed to complete my system, namely the control panel
: something he was going to upgrade. Well, I gave it a chance, but I have resigned myself to trying to rescue
through another company: a company BTW that I wish I had known about prior to my decision. Unfortunately, much of my initial purchase price
may well be a sunk cost now.
At this juncture, I am open to converting the 12v system I started with to an AC system. I want it to work and be safe for a normal useful life. I do plan on getting the Honda generator
for other uses, so perhaps it will make sense. Whatever proceeds, I know I can trust the recommendations and counsel of the rescuing company.
Even though I did extensive research
, and had lengthy interviews with someone who offered so much promise, I ended up with more of a lesson than a working system. Thankfully, there are not only reputable firms out there, but people managing those firms who have integrity that can be trusted. I guess it is the gift of living that allows us to find them and ultimately turn lemons into lemonade.
Anyway, perhaps misery loves company, but I am saddened that experiences such as ours still happen. Well, it seems to be a key truth that on our boats, as in successful businesses, liquidity is a very good thing!!!