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Old 23-10-2010, 06:42   #1
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Watermaker - New Kid on the Block

If you are looking for a water maker that has low power needs and is relatively inexpensive have a look here. SeaMaker Specifics, Watermakers, marine watermakers, cruising watermakers, boat watermakers, Cruising RO, Cruise RO Water

I've no connection at all with this company but it's owned by a cruiser who knows how annoying it is to have that 'marine' premium built into the price.

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Old 23-10-2010, 12:13   #2
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Thanks for the link, but they're too big for my needs. I'm looking for 40/80 gpd, not gph.
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Old 23-10-2010, 13:10   #3
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LOL I was thinking thats exactly the size I would like. 30 or 45 gph. Thats enough for goos water usage. If you are going to blow that kinda money ($5k on the watermaker, $1k-$2k on the petrol genny and plus instalation) then you wanna be able to de-smell anytime

But that price is much better


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Thanks for the link, but they're too big for my needs. I'm looking for 40/80 gpd, not gph.
But why do you want the fuel cost and wear and tear to make 40/80 per day when you can get the job done in 1 hour?
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But why do you want the fuel cost and wear and tear to make 40/80 per day when you can get the job done in 1 hour?

Ditto.

I was actually thinking 2 smaller water makers in case of breakdown but after reading around one and some spare parts will work. Still I would want an over sized one that could do it fast.
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I'm currently considering an 8 GPH small DC watermaker ("Little Wonder"). We use about 10 gallons a day without strict conservation. Unless we're doing laundry, we never use more than 20 gallons a day. We often run our genset for 3 hours a day and a DC watermaker means we can make water for "free" whenever we're moving (we're a trawler).

My thinking is that we can make up any water loss in our water tank (400 gallons) whenever we move and keep up with a large amount of our daily use.

I've seen very few boat that do this. Most have much larger AC watermakers that require a generator for use. I really like the idea of making water while moving since the alternators aren't' generally working hard (twin engines).

What am I missing?
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What am I missing?
IMHO (although I am not "H") you are missing the exponential increase in the water used between now and when you have increased capacity.

You have been stable on 20gpd with a set water usage.... Say you allow 100gpd all of a sudden you can shower in the morning and after a long hot day shower before dinner! That might make a total lifestyle change for you that is extreemly welcome In years to come you might say: Remember when we only took a fresh water shower once per week?

Thats just an example as for you, persoanly 20gpd may be fine. I use about 20 gallons per WEEK


We was colthes in salt water and rinse (twice ) in fresh. shower using 1 litre spray bottles. So a water replacement water maker aint gunna make my life much better... it needs to exponentially increase.

So, all I can advise is to pretend you are at home on land with total disregard for water, how much is used, then work out whats really going to make your life comfortable whilst being affordable.




I would LOVE a watermaker! Then I could be truly independant for months at a time... but lifechanging would be to have a propper shower whenever I like
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I've seen them mentioned here and there. I'm curious to see if anyone has installed one of their units and how it is holding up for them?

The husband is keen to add a watermaker, I've been put off by cost. This looks a much more doable option...
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