Originally Posted by BrettB
Looking at either the Spectra Catalina 340 or the Spectra Cape Horn Extreme 330 for our Lagoon 380
that we are taking cruising for the next few years. Both seem pretty expensive... Are they worth it? Is it worth paying the extra for the Catalina?
We plan to use a good amount of water, we like our showers, will be fresh water rinsing our dive gear
and the boat
Thanks for the feedback!
"A good amount of water" is a relative statement depending on who you ask. Choosing a watermaker
to fit your wants and your boats capabilities, especially in the 38' range, takes a bit of time and asking the right questions. If you've got your sights on a Spectra feel free to call me anytime and I can help you ask the right questions before you make any decision. That being said there are a lot of differences between the Catalina340 and the Cape Horn Extreme. Basically they both produce the same amount of fresh water. The CHE is a manual only system and the Catalina340 is a fully automated system only. I'm partial to the CHE and chose them for my boats. They are the most energy efficient watermakers in the world. They are also the only watermaker
produced that have the dual redundancy of two feed pumps instead of one. So if one pump
fails the other will still make water. It is also the easiest watermaker built to service
on yourself, you can hold in one hand all the tools it will take to completely re-build a CHE. To replace a pump head
there are three screws, two wires, and two 5/8" hose barb connections. You can do this job in fifteen minutes. No manifold rebuild
kits and the cost and skill set that comes with that job. I sell, work
on, and help owners service
their own Spectra watermakers. Most of the time a simple phone
call is all it takes. Again, feel free to ask me any questions you might have.