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Old 06-25-2007, 11:09 PM   #29
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HOLLY COW!!!!!!!!!!

Just got off the phone with Spectra Distributor...they want $13,550.00 for the Newport 700. No wonder Spectra Customers are so pleased...they must still be in shock or extremely wealthy.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:42 AM   #30
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HOLLY COW!!!!!!!!!!

Just got off the phone with Spectra Distributor...they want $13,550.00 for the Newport 700. No wonder Spectra Customers are so pleased...they must still be in shock or extremely wealthy.
How much water maker do you need?? We sized ours so it can replace the daily useage in the time we normally run something to charge batteries. We figure the two of us use max 25 gal/day. Our 300 gal/day unit puts out about 12 gal/hr. Figure running engine or generator an hour or two a day for hot water or... that way we replace water at no additional expense. If there is wind the wind generator keeps us even anyway and can make water whenever..
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:15 AM   #31
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Is no one planning to make his own? I know I brought this up some place here--my husband spent $3000 on the parts for an AC 45-gph watermaker. (Or it can be used for 22 gph with one membrane--less money). Big membranes, but they work for us as our boat isn't small. Not modern certainly, but comfortable and full of the mod cons that I enjoy at my age--including showering capability at anchorages removed from shore water. I've hauled water and I've washed in buckets. I'd rather not do that any longer.

The watermaker parts can be spaced all around the boat.

Just a thought.

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:55 AM   #32
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How much water maker do you need??
I want 30-40gal/hr. such that I can replace water while charging batteries while running genset for an hour to 90 minutes.

And yes, I've gone through all the numbers on building my own. I put it at $2000-$2500 to spend a bunch of time on something that I don't feel like spending time on other than install.

Water Works seems to have some very reasonably priced systems...

http://www.qwwinc.com/

This is pretty much what I priced out if I built one myself, so they aren't over priced like others.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:09 AM   #33
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Hi all,

I can't recall where, or if, I posted anything on cruiserlog about our experience with Spectra, so apologies if this is a repeat!

I've had two Spectras...loved 'em both. Each unit went with each boat when I sold. I relied on Spectra water for seven years overall. No gripes at all about the Spectra 380 or the company what-so-ever.

The first unit I bought in '99 cracked the 'spool' inside the Clark Pump. One email and few days later the spool showed up in the Virgin Islands.

The second unit ran fine for five years, but did begin to develop some minor leaks on some SS compression fittings. Instead of just replacing those fittings on my end Spectra had (as of last fall) an upgraded Clark Pump swap-program available for around 400 or 500usd. We went that way and the improvements on the Clark Pump were visually noticable. Even though we were selling the boat we thought it worthwhile for the new owners.

The people we dealt with at Spectra were always responsive, friendly and seemed eager to resolve issues. We'll probably go with another Spectra next year unless......

Does anyone know what a Spectra 380 (or current like model) is going for now? Both of mine were around 5,500usd.

I see that Schenker has a watermaker that looks very much like a Spectra.....anyone have one of these? Or know the cost? I saw a post somewhere online that mentioned a guy bought one for 3,000 less then a Spectra??? I'm wondering if it's a knock-off or licensed thing?

We are pure DC types, so, so far, the best thing we've found for us is the Spectra. If we did have a gen or diesel engine we'd make our own AC watermaker. A couple buddies had made theirs in Oz for around 2,500usd and they put out heaps of water. I think they ran it for 15 minutes a day and washed the boat down for the hell of it at the same time just because they could.

For anyone that's interested...we'd go through ten to fifteen gallons of water per day with two adults and a young one for all our use. We'd opt for buckets showers on the deck 'cause we are too lazy to squeggee down the shower every time....that saves tons of water!

Btw, we are not wealthy and hate to work more then we have to and do not like to throw cash around randomly. The Spectra had proven reliable and it's made life incredibly convenient and comfortable and I've never once regretted spending the money on it. ...but if anyone knows of a like-quality, like-output and like-effecient dc h20 maker for lots less we're all ears!!

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I don't think it would be that difficult to build an AC version of the intensifier pump design to achieve higher efficiency in a home built water maker. The hydraulic intensifier can be purchased from Parker and modified.

http://www.hydraulicspneumatics.com/200/FP...True/6404/Pumps
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When we set out in 1993, I installed an AC driven system, the generator coped well for a while, but it turned out that the generator would give us more problems over the years than any other piece of gear on the boat.

So I soon added an engine driven pump in to the same system, that way I always had a backup, plus if we had to motor for a time I would turn on the water maker and fill up the tanks, or if the sailing was good just run the generator and switch on the AC pump.

Most of the systems I have seen use the same cat type high pressure pumps, as does mine, I found out that the pumps output was able to handle more membranes than my system had, so I added 2 more membranes and gained twice the fresh water output for the same running time. Worth looking in to.

The system I have came from SeaFresh in the UK and has never failed.
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Hello, handy home built watermakers. I do have an PUR 35 Power Surviver, the membrane fails so I have to buy a new one, wich coast far to much.

I'm thinking to buying a intensifier pump and connect it on the 12 volt DC motor. Will this DC motor be strong anough to drive the pump? It has an 36/1 reduction box. What type of standard membranes I have to use, 1 or 2 membranes. I don't need an high waterproduction, I only have an 35' sailingboat. Has anyone experience with this type of things please, or do someone has an better option. Where can I find a building plan,,,,,, Al sugestions are welcome. Willy. < mbu745 at gmail.com >
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Thumbs up Little Wonder 110V AC motor

I've been using a Little Wonder watermaker, with a 110V AC motor, for several years now. Found it to be quite energy efficient, and provides more than enough water for my drinking/showering/cleaning needs. Here's an article I found on the Little Wonder today, outlining some of it's advantages: Little Wonder Watermakers (Desalinizadores) & Parts
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