On the generator
; we purchased a Moorings model year 2009 power cat in 2015, that had 13,000 hours on the generator
(9KW Northern Lights). The oil
pressure was right at the minimum for automatic shutdown but we swapped the oil
for straight 40 weight and ran it for another year. We did eventually swap the generator for a new one, just because we were planning to go far afield and were concerned about the reliability
issue. The old generator had ran faultlessly, including the night before it was replaced.
We had purchased a 2001 Amel Super Maramu in 2003 and ran the water
maker (Dessalator 160L) every couple of days for the next six years. We lost
a control panel
in 2007 and it sat in the Red Sea for six months without having been flushed, run or “pickled”. I called Dessalator to enquire about replacement membranes and the engineer
I spoke to, told me to just run raw seawater through the membranes, without pressure and for at least an hour. This we did and the unit came back on line with no noticeable reduction in output. We visited the “old” 2001 Amel this year, now with its third owner and the desalinator was still the original.
You never know when you might lose a pump
, control board etc. but the membranes are a lot more rugged than I expected.