Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-12-2014, 00:55   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Maui, Hawaii
Boat: Aries 32
Posts: 35
Watermaker or Parasail

Aloha,
I'm finally almost ready to leave from Hawaii for our Pacific crossing in April . . . 32' Aries Cutter . . . She is fully outfitted and ready to go . . . she came with a (brand new uninstalled) Katadyn 40e watermaker . . . I trying to decide if I want to keep and install this watermaker or sell it and get one of the downwind Parasails from Istac or a Wingaker . . . so I'm looking for any thoughts about which would be best for our 7 month voyage from Hawaii to Fiji . . . just throwing it out there . . . Mahalo
__________________

__________________
petert96753 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 02:52   #2
Registered User
 
Zanshin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Caribbean
Boat: Jeanneau 57
Posts: 1,621
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

I would recommend going for the watermaker, it will give you a lot of freedom from heading to the docks for a refill just when you'd rather stay where you are. I've buddy-boated with others several times where the others had to plan their itinerary around where they could get freshwater. The parasailor is more of a luxury to make those downwind and slightly off-wind passages faster, you'll still get there without one.
__________________

__________________
-Zanshin (SV Zanshin)
Zanshin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 03:02   #3
mrm
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Poland, EU
Boat: crew on Bavaria 38 Cruiser
Posts: 651
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

I think it is a case of needs and wants. You likely want a Parasail, but.. will it be of any use if you are dead from dehydration?
__________________
mrm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 04:14   #4
Registered User
 
Dulcesuenos's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida Keys, Bahamas Bound
Boat: 38' French Cat
Posts: 2,828
Images: 4
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

That Watermakers is a piece of junk, you will regret installing it. It barely squeezes out water while using alot of energy. Then to pickle it it will use 3 gallons or meaning it takes. probably 3 to 4 hours to produce enough product water to just pickle it, its a survival tool at best if it works right to begin with.

Sent from my LG-LS980 using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
Dulcesuenos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 04:19   #5
Registered User
 
boat_alexandra's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Masachusetts
Boat: bristol 27
Posts: 2,803
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

Get the parasail and catch rain for water. Just sail into the squalls if you need water.
__________________
boat_alexandra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 05:42   #6
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: St Augustine, FL
Boat: Woods Vardo 34 Cat
Posts: 2,825
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

I had a PUR 35 on a previous pacific cruise. It is useful on a smaller boat like yours. I would be interesting in buying if you want to sell. Send me a PM.
__________________
Check out my MoJo: Facebook.com/mojomarine1
Boatguy30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 05:51   #7
Registered User
 
Suijin's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Annapolis MD; currently in Oriental NC
Boat: Valiant 40
Posts: 2,889
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

In general I would say for your voyage a water maker is waaaaay more important than a parasail, but as mentioned that water maker, at 1.5 gph, is pretty much nothing but a waste of power, depending on your power generation. If you run it four hours a day, that's 6 gallons. They say 4 amps but I bet in the real world it's probably more like 6, so that's 24 amps per day. Can you afford that, and do you want to listen to that thing hammering away for 4 hours a day?

All that said, I think it comes down to the advantages of being able to make water and what that means for your route and how much you have to carry on deck and your water usage patterns. For me, there's nothing like taking a freshwater shower every few days offshore. It's seriously restorative.

Since you're making the passage with your wife, the most prudent thing to do would be to let her decide
__________________
Suijin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 07:30   #8
Registered User
 
autumnbreeze27's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Cruising Mexico
Boat: 50' Herreshoff Ketch
Posts: 967
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

The sail can get you to water faster, passages will be shorter, less maintenance, fewer moving parts.
__________________
autumnbreeze27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2014, 09:20   #9
Sponsoring Vendor
 
Tellie's Avatar

Community Sponsor

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Hollywood, Fl.
Boat: FP Athena 38' Poerava
Posts: 3,046
Re: Watermaker or Parasail

A 40e is pretty anemic for any boat. There's a good reason the word "Survivor" is used to help name it. I don't knock the unit itself, it works, but in today's modern cruising environment it doesn't make sense to spend close to 4k for these. For about $1,700 more you can get one that is twice as energy efficient per hour and makes 6-7gph. A couple of 100watt solar panels during peak hours will put out more power than a Spectra Ventura 150 will use. Install it on your boat, take decent care of it and in three years take it out and sell it on E-bay for 3K+ Spectras command a far better re-sale value than any other watermaker. Or come to the Miami boat show, buy a bunch of raffle tickets. I'm raffling a brand new Spectra Ventura Deluxe 150.

Halden Marine Services | Marine Watermakers, Solar Panels, Wind Generators


Tellie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
asa, sail, water, watermaker

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recomendation for Parasail ikold Multihull Sailboats 1 13-10-2014 06:06
parasail MIRELOS Multihull Sailboats 8 18-03-2014 20:30
Spinnaker Parasail ? DianaPieri Off Topic Forum 7 08-06-2012 11:08
Parasail Spinnaker Trim50 General Sailing Forum 9 20-06-2008 03:45
pickled watermaker irwinsailor Provisioning: Food & Drink 1 12-06-2003 21:02



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:04.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.