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Old 31-08-2019, 21:47   #1
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Boat: Paper Tiger 14 foot, Gemini 105MC 34 foot Catamaran Hull no 825
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Replacing my 110 volt water pressure motor,

My 110 Volt motor for my Village, Little Wonder 160-200 pressure pump got drowned and destroyed when my boat sank,
At $800-00 to rebuild it or $1100-00 for a new one, I baulked at the prices,
I wasnt prepared to pay that much for a very small motor,

So how can I get round this problem, Cheaply,
You tube video's on how to build your own water maker cheaply,
Really appealed to me, Being a tite arse, Or getting value for my money, Which I dont have a lot off,

I no longer have 110 volts on Board except for the fridge, Which I run thru a transformer from the invertor from the batterys,
I didnt think the fridge would work on 110 volts as it got submerged too,
I finally got it working on LPG, After a lot of work on it,

But then a gas certificate was too hard and expensive to get, So I converted every thing to either 12 volt or 240 volt thru the invertor,

200ah AGM would be enough to run the fridge and maybe a Microwave occassionally, It has 500 Watts of solar power to keep the battery charged,

I will connect my wind generator up to the motor battery to keep it charged,

How did I get around the expensive 110 volt motor,

I bought a 3.5 KVA Pure Sine generator, Petrol, Weighs 40 KGs, Runs one litre per hour, Its very quiet, It fits in my rear locker neatly,

A pure Sine Invertor, 3000 watt with a 6000 Watt surge,
It runs the fridge and transformer off the battery, It works great,
It also has a battery charger inbuilt, So I will never have flat batterys.
The diesel also charges the batterys as well,

A 240 volt pressure washer, 2200 PSI, I only need 900 PSI to run the watermaker, Its all controlled with the gauges I already have on my existing water maker,
I have a dedicated thru hull for the water maker thru 3 filters and a coarse strainer to start with from the thru hull, They all fit in the same cupboard,
I can also wash down my boat with it,

Generator,, $380-00 Inc delivery, 3.5 KVA
Invertor, $316-00 inc delivery, 3000 watts continuous,
Pressure pump, $70-00 Inc delivery, 2200 PSI
$776-00 Total, Delivered,

Its Still cheaper than just the 110 volt motor and I have a generator and an invertor, and pressure Pump as well,
The invertor had to be replaced any way as it got drowned as well,

I did buy a 10 HP petrol pressure washer, To try out the water maker on,
It worked very successfully, But even with the new exhaust I made for it, It was just too noisy and too big to fit on the boat, That was $350 Delivered,

My boat is all packed up ready for transport back to the ocean, Only a few things inside left to repair, Its nearly there,

Cheers, Brian,
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