Originally Posted by Anjin
I completed my watermaker installation some time ago, but forgot to post pictures. Some details first, this is a Spectra Newport 400 with the z-ion option. I used an existing thru hull for the intake by taking the one used by the port fwd head and having that share the intake with the port aft head. I also used a pre existing thru hull for the brine discharge by sharing the one used by the washing
machine. The first photo
shows the installation of the strainer boost pump below the floor board in the port fwd cabin. From there the intake is passed up and over to the port chain/fender locker where the main prefilters and high pressure pump are installed (second photo). From there the flow is over to the Clark pump in the center locker (third photo). The output is sent back the same route to the fresh water tank
under the floor of the port fwd cabin. All of this is controlled by the remote
panel installed by the nav station (fourth photo). To power it all I didn't want to bring heavy cables
all the way forward from the batteries so I branched off the supply for the windlass
and installed a 30amp breaker in the same locker as the clark pump (last photo). The wiring
was complicated and somewhat difficult to route but persistence (and hole saws) paid off.
I can see you have taken your time and were very careful and thoughtful in your installation. The plumbing and electrical
is well supported, the plumbing has nice turns nothing sharp. Your good effort is well noted. But, I would have to agree with Two Drifters
. The feed pump module in it's current
location is not the best place for it. This is a salty damp area and your feed pump module will suffer from it in the near future. Believe me, there's nothing more I personal hate than to do something twice. But I'm going to give you some very good advice here and respectfully suggest you seriously heed my advice. Move the feed pump module to a drier location like under the forward bunk or where you might have originally thought, under the floor boards. The two pre-filters and the control panel
can easily be removed and mounted elsewhere. If you do this the feed pump module can easily lay on it's back which may make the difference in your mounting location. I know it's a pain, but it's the right thing to do. Again, respectfully, a large percentage of problems with watermakers originate with owner installs. The Spectra NewPort400 is one of the most reliable units made. But you have no idea how many calls I get from owners that say it's a piece of junk and within a year or two has been nothing but problems, then I come out to their boat and find well intended installs but terrible locations. I assure you your wife will be more disappointed in the long run with no fresh water and expensive repairs
than a bit of lost
storage space. Feel free to call me anytime you want for advice on anything with your system.
PS, I'll mark it up to a bad angle or lighting
in the second photo, because the 5 and 20 Micron pre-filter look like they should have been replaced a while ago. This may possibly be due to not setting up the Z-ION system correctly. These aren't a plug
and play part. This is a bit time consuming to set up right but once it's right you should be eliminating any possible filter issues. Also the 30amp breaker should be located next to the power source, preferably not more than two feet away. This breaker also protects the feed wire as well as the system. Again, please feel free to contact me anytime and I'll be more than happy to help.
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