PUR has been bought by Katadyn
. Repair parts
were already expensive, but have gotten worse with the new ownership
. I have used PUR 80-II units on two different boats. The first lasted fine the two years I used the boat
. The second has been installed for 14 years, and has needed new membranes twice (the first was due to an omission in the manual, which has been corrected). The membranes are proprietary and relatively expensive ($750 before Katadyn
took over), but what got me was when the gearbox
on the drive unit needed a new bearing. Katadyn wouldn't sell me a replacment ('those drives are not supposed to come apart"), and wanted 2000 euro ($2500) for a new motor
. After a lot of searching on the internet
, I found what I needed--it was a 'cam follower bearing' for $20. Katadyn also sold
me a new SS shaft for the pump
have been centered around where the hoses attach to the pump
housing, and limited to seepage. I have rebuilt the pump once, but it probably didn't need it. I bought the cruising repair kit when the unit was new, and by the time I needed to rebuild
the pump 10 years later, the seals
in the kit had gotten hard.
I really haven't found anyone who is in love with their watermaker
, but doubt I would buy a new PUR/Katadyn.