Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
Well, no one gave me any money
and I can't think of more unpleasant things to go through to get it than what I had to do (work 'till you drop), so I sure object to spending money
on stuff I don't need. I'm also Dutch, need I say more? ;-)
paid for itself many many times. I mean that if I wouldn't have had one over the past 7 years, it would have cost me much more money than the investment in the watermaker
. This is like with many things, where in the end, people who can't bring up the upfront investment end up spending more money than the ones who can a couple of years down the line.
This might be hard to imagine when you have a slip in your home marina.... but when you go out there, you get to places where they will charge you a 1-night slip fee if you come in for water, even if you only want to stay 1 hour. Or they might charge you anywhere between 4 and 10 cents per liter (say 30 cents per gallon) on the fuel dock
or the faucet ashore, like in the ABC's where all water is RO water. Saving a couple hundred dollars per year by not paying anything to anyone for water is much easier then you might think.
I invested $4,200 in my watermaker so after 7 years I am down to $600 per year. I'll need to replace the membranes soon but even with that I am sure I will be around $350 per year before ever the thought of replacing the watermaker with a new one comes up. You can do much worse investments!
But like I said, not having enough money is the sole reason for using seawater inside the boat for things other than the ones I listed (and some of those could be dealt with in other ways).
Being Dutch you will appreciate this link to the source for Membranes at around half the price
. It will take some work to figure out what membrane you have but they are much cheaper. Applied Membranes, Inc. Manufacturer & distributor of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems Membranes and Components
OTOH I have to disagree with you on the uses of saltwater. I did a year or two of cruising about 20 years ago and everyone had saltwater plumbed to their sinks. Typically it was not in a pressurized system but a foot pump at the sink. This saved an enormous amount of water for washing
dishes. You have to be cognizant of when you use that water. Not in harbors or silty water but I did a passage
washing all our dishes everyday and no one got sick. We didn't even use the freshwater rinse. If someone used the freshwater rinse with the squeeze bottle filled with a bleach solution there would be no chance of getting sick from the dishes. As far as the smell goes there are a few solutions 1) Easiest -- use it everyday, 2) engineer
a system that would allow you to drain the hose when not in use and/or fill the hose with fresh water. 3) plug
your nose and then pump enough water thru till the decays matter is no longer in your hose
Water makers are a great luxury and I have one myself. I feel that the maintenance
on watermakers are is a greater cost (meaning total effort not just money) than the luxury they afford considering the way that I use my boat.