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Old 02-03-2011, 07:43 AM   #21
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any idea of comparative costs of both the Spectra and VM?
You can get prices on line for*the Spectra*but will probably have to call*a Village Marine rep for their prices.* At boat shows*they are heavily discounted.**

Even if prices were comparable, I wouldn't put a DC unit on a boat that had a generator.* We try to minimize the run time on the generator.* Primarily we are running the generator to charge the house bank and make hot water.* If we had a DC water maker, it*would increase the generator run time since we would be replacing*DC amps that we took out to make water.* With our AC unit, we usually*have a surplus of water and find that the water maker is run less than the generator.

On a side note, Village Marine is now owned by Parker/Racor.


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Old 02-08-2011, 12:47 PM   #22
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Just a quick photo of a typical modular system installed.
This is the local bloke type i spoke of earlier.
Made in Australia I know but same sort of gear should be available for you guys.
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Just a quick photo of a typical modular system installed.
This is the local bloke type i spoke of earlier.
Made in Australia I know but same sort of gear should be available for you guys.
Benn
Big difference is ours make water, while the Aussie model can be used to make beer.* (Well, that's what I heard....)

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Old 02-08-2011, 02:54 PM   #24
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I took little different tack for my watermaker. I don't have a generator, just a large bank of batteries, so I researched the different DC watermakers and engine driven watermakers. I finally decided on an engine driven watermaker and purchased the components from George Walker of Quality Waterworks - http://qwwinc.com/index.html. I installed the system this fall and George provided excellent support and advise. This system makes 20GPH so I figure on a normal days run I can make all the water I could ever use. So far, I haven't tried actually making water after the install as I didn't want to disturb the factory pickling for the membrane but when I get back home to the boat (I spend the winter in Yuma.) this is one of the first projects.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #25
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I took little different tack for my watermaker. I don't have a generator, just a large bank of batteries, so I researched the different DC watermakers and engine driven watermakers. I finally decided on an engine driven watermaker and purchased the components from George Walker of Quality Waterworks - http://qwwinc.com/index.html. I installed the system this fall and George provided excellent support and advise. This system makes 20GPH so I figure on a normal days run I can make all the water I could ever use. So far, I haven't tried actually making water after the install as I didn't want to disturb the factory pickling for the membrane but when I get back home to the boat (I spend the winter in Yuma.) this is one of the first projects.
That looks like a great unit... and since we typically under load our main engines the added stress from the pump is a good thing...
On a different note... not to be too picky.. but* a couple things got my attention in the first pic, the electrical butt connectors look like a failure ready to happen.. at least a true marine grade through connector with heat shrink would be way better.. and the high pressure line out of the pump cannot be allowed to touch the beautiful cross bracket ( stainless steel ? ) The high pressure line off the pump tend to pulse in operation and will wear through and create a big mess in that sparkling engine room in a very short time!.* Enjoy all that water!
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Thanks Hollywood for your comments. I'm sure some fine tuning will be needed after I actually produce water from it. Yes, the bracket is SS and it was the hardest part of the whole installation to get right.

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Old 02-10-2011, 03:38 AM   #27
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A lot of the yachties out here fit engine driven water makers and it is a good way to go.
I all ready drive a 5 KVA gen set and a 1 1/2" jabso Bilge/Fire p/p off the front of the engine so it is a bit crowded.
Also having a 9 KVA diesel gen set I am able to make water at any time with out having to run the main engine.
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That is a nice neat set up you have there.

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