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Old 08-24-2015, 03:50 PM   #1
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Kevins new watermaker

Well, got the new watermaker installed.

I am too happy with how it came out.

Rich at Cruise RO was a GREAT help with my questions, even responding back late Saturday night via Email!

Total labor time was about 25 hours. Here's some photos!
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:19 PM   #2
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Looks great, must be nice to have all that room for all that big "stuff"
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:23 PM   #3
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Came out nicely Kevin, sweet upgrade project.
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Have you run it yet?

Those high pressure pumps make a lot of noise and transmit a fair amount of vibration. You might want to put it on good isolation mounts, if you haven't already, and perhaps make a sound box for it.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:18 PM   #6
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I ran it today for a couple hours.

Very little noise, no vibration. Quieter than the Katadyne it replaced

40 gph is GREAT!
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Is the water yellow? Or is that liquid gold?
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Is the water yellow? Or is that liquid gold?
The instructions said hook it to a through hull...

I just teed into the macerator hose. Thats OK, isint it?
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Nice install. You got skillz.
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The instructions said hook it to a through hull...

I just teed into the macerator hose. Thats OK, isint it?
Can hardly wait to see the "Head Mistress's response to that one!
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Can hardly wait to see the "Head Mistress's response to that one!
When I flush the output goes up
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The instructions said hook it to a through hull...

I just teed into the macerator hose. Thats OK, isint it?
LOL!! That's thinking outside the box, Kevin!

Seriously, it looks great! Did you do all the work yourself?
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Hi Ksanders,

Nice install! Glad it worked out, and is happily making H2O. Life is good!

I'm just about to pull the pin on the 30GPH version of your watermaker, from the same vendor. In looking through some of your pictures, I notice you have used the "Pex" (not sure exactly what to call it, but it's the semi-rigid plastic pipe with the push-on connectors) for your low-pressure side of your installation. Seems like that's the "stock" LP plumbing from the vendor.

Now that it's in, was that part of the install satisfactory? By that, I mean was it easy to do, did you have ample access to tubing and fittings? Did you have to use a special tubing cutter? Was the LP supply system straight-forward to make leak-tight? I know you haven't gotten many hours on your watermaker yet, but does the LP side remain leak tight?

My previous watermaker was plumbed on the LP side with conventional bronze barb fittings, flexible reinforced vinyl hose, and hose clamps. Worked good, lasted long time, easy to remove/repair, leak tight, yada yada.

Glad to hear the vendor was responsive. I've had a similar comment from a close friend with the same system, so my confidence is high. But would like to get this tiddly detail put to bed before I tear up my boat for my install. I'd be REALLY pissed to have to do it twice because of a mistake in my plumbing!

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LOL!! That's thinking outside the box, Kevin!

Seriously, it looks great! Did you do all the work yourself?
Thanks!!!

Yes I do all my own work. To me that is really part of the fun of boating.

I love crawling into small places, reaching well beyond my natural distance to attempt to put in a screw... Then dropping said screw and trying to find it.
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Hi Ksanders,

Nice install! Glad it worked out, and is happily making H2O. Life is good!

I'm just about to pull the pin on the 30GPH version of your watermaker, from the same vendor. In looking through some of your pictures, I notice you have used the "Pex" (not sure exactly what to call it, but it's the semi-rigid plastic pipe with the push-on connectors) for your low-pressure side of your installation. Seems like that's the "stock" LP plumbing from the vendor.

Now that it's in, was that part of the install satisfactory? By that, I mean was it easy to do, did you have ample access to tubing and fittings? Did you have to use a special tubing cutter? Was the LP supply system straight-forward to make leak-tight? I know you haven't gotten many hours on your watermaker yet, but does the LP side remain leak tight?

My previous watermaker was plumbed on the LP side with conventional bronze barb fittings, flexible reinforced vinyl hose, and hose clamps. Worked good, lasted long time, easy to remove/repair, leak tight, yada yada.

Glad to hear the vendor was responsive. I've had a similar comment from a close friend with the same system, so my confidence is high. But would like to get this tiddly detail put to bed before I tear up my boat for my install. I'd be REALLY pissed to have to do it twice because of a mistake in my plumbing!

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The plumbing is not PEX, its some kind of tubing, you'll have to ask Rich at Cruise RO exactlly what it is.

The fittings were all push on, with a littlle clip to hold the tube. Kinda like a Whale fitting (if you are familiar with Whale).

I found the fittings easy to use, and the tubing easy to cut with the little cutter they send with the kit. I also found that the tubing is very flexable more so than pex, more like reinforced vinyl as far as bend radius. I liked no barb fittings and no hose clamps.

I only had one leaker with all the connections. Fixed that by pushing in the connector all the way.

I found the kit to be very easy to understand. I think that while time consuming, the average boater could probably do it themselves. That is the value. If you bought the components separately you couuld build it yourself and probably save a thousand dollars, if you made zero mistakes and did not have to re-buy anything. To me that is good money spent because they have figured it out for you.

BTW, everything you need is in the kit except how to connect to your potable water tank, potable water supply (for cleaning), and seawater inlet. The interface to your potable water tank is a 3/8" male NPT, and the fitting to your sea water inlet, and potable water supply is a 1/2" male NPT. Be prepared for that and you'll be good to go.

If I had any words of caution, it would be to plan your panel location before hand. The panel is 11" square and will require about 5" behind it. There are allot of hoses and wires that go to the panel so make sure ytou have the ability to pull all of them in. You will need to know the distance from the panel to the RO membranes prior to ordering because thhere is a high pressure hose that needs to be run, annd this is a built to order item. The kit comes with a 5' hose. I bought a 10' hose with the kit,and it was perfect.
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Thanks!!!

Yes I do all my own work. To me that is really part of the fun of boating.

I love crawling into small places, reaching well beyond my natural distance to attempt to put in a screw... Then dropping said screw and trying to find it.
Ill make a point of taking a picture of the big ole rusty cresent wrench thats sitting in the bilge under the main stateroom before I dig it out.
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Kevin, nice job. That install looks like it was professionally done. Funny, when I do something it LOOKS like I did it. Hmmmm.


Now go take a long shower or something!
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Looks great! What kinda pump is the HP never seen one of those.

You'll be thanking yourself for going with the autoflush!
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Thanks guys, the pump is a general I think. Standard off the shelf item, except this one has stainless liquid contact components.

The pump is fully serviceable as well, or you can buy a brand new one should he need arise from a variety of vendors.

Every part is off the shelf stuff available from any source you want. These guys hide nothing from you.
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