About six weeks ago, our Village Marine
(circa 2005) started having issues. The master control panelís buttons stopped working. You couldnít auto flush the system or start the low pressure or high pressure pumps.
After discussion with the technician who originally installed the unit in this boat
for the previous owner and with the technician who repairs
these units at the company (Parker) that bought Village Marine
years ago, we determined the control panel
board was bad. The board hadnít been made in 10 years. The replacement for it is $2400.
A little investigation with a multi-meter and the wiring
diagram in the original manual revealed that crossing the power wires still allowed the LP pump
, the HP pump
, and the fresh water
flush solenoid to work
I ordered a bank of three switches and a waterproof cover from Home Depot for $25, made a wiring
harness from parts
already on the boat
, and mounted the switches on some old starboard I had laying around. A total of two hours of labor and, presto, our watermaker
works again! Granted, it may be a bit Frankenstein-ish to some people... but it works.