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Old 03-04-2011, 15:59   #1
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Desalination Systems, Love 'em? Hate 'em?

These days, our off shore cruising is generally fourteen days or less, and our fresh water tanks are perfectly good for two or three weeks or so, however, once every couple of years or so we cross the pond in what I would describe as being a none stop but generally leisurely fashion to go back home and being badly delayed by weather last year and running lowish on fresh water, I began to wonder if I should add a "Water Maker" to my inventory of all those things that beat the hell out of my batteries. The information available on the Web is mixed, they are regarded as either being better than sliced bread or, because of the routine and regular maintenance required, worse than ants at a picnic.
It's not like I actually Need one, I'm looking at it as more of a "Like To Have" sort of thing and I'm wondering what experiences the folks on this forum might have with these things.
Love 'em or Hate 'em?
Please let me know your views on these things.
Thanks, James...
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Old 03-04-2011, 17:17   #2
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Re: Desalination Systems, Love 'em? Hate 'em?

We love our water maker, don't see any reason not to.

Plenty off high quality water, no chemical taste. Always refill the tank after a shower or anytime we figure we've used 25 gallons or so.
That's at ser, so just in case it does break down we will have plenty of water.
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We love our water maker, don't see any reason not to.

Plenty off high quality water, no chemical taste. Always refill the tank after a shower or anytime we figure we've used 25 gallons or so.
That's at ser, so just in case it does break down we will have plenty of water.
Thanks, can you tell me which make / model you have and a little about the routine service required?. James
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Re: Desalination Systems, Love 'em? Hate 'em?

Make one yourself, then you will know how to fix it.
It's not rocket science and mine cost under $2,000 for 30gallons and hour.
Just use it once every 2 weeks and you wont have any problems.
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Make one yourself, then you will know how to fix it.
It's not rocket science and mine cost under $2,000 for 30gallons and hour.
Just use it once every 2 weeks and you wont have any problems.
Sounds interesting, can you give me any information regarding the design and parts required etc?. Thanks, James
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Re: Desalination Systems, Love 'em? Hate 'em?

just search on Cruisers forum, the leo lichfield plans are the best and check what brent swains has to say.
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