Greetings from the tropics.
Just saw the delivery guy off with a signed docket and a lower back sprain and am now looking at a second hand 40E Katadyn watermaker sitting on my studio floor.
It looks brand new although I know its actually 16 months old, but the membrane has been pickled and I'm assured it works a treat.
The question is now where to put it, as my original thought of the knife and fork draw just clearly is not going to work!
From what I read, they are not the quietest things about so I am thinking about down inside a stern locker. Well actually on the bulkhead on the engine and exhaust side of the locker. I can access this pretty easily from the other locker which I can climb down into and move about on a small platform above the cuttless bearing and stern tube.
That will give me a direct line to tap into the water intake for the engine; I can run another line down into the spare tank with a plumbed elbow into the sink for testing; and the salt water output can run straight down into the line that feeds our loo as the saltwater intake. The idea being is that we close this off with a valve at the loo and holding tank so the salty outflow from the Katadyn will just run down the pipe and out via gravity.
We've never owned a watermaker but have always looked on enviously to those who did, and have enjoyed their goodwill in taking pity on us when we have paddled over with empty drums in hand and whimpering lower lips.
I'm reading heaps about them but nothing says anything about heat.
You see, even with ventilation, our stern hold and lockers are open to the back of the engine. It can get rather warm back there if we have been motoring for a while.
Can anyone shed any light how this might affect the watermaker before I start chopping and cutting and running piping?
I understand that if the watermaker is not run for more than 3 days you need to run a biocide through the membrane. We can do that from the locker up top if I run a small feeder hose through but do we also have to run the biocide through the filter as well? This is the filter that runs between the seawater intake and the watermaker. If so I might need to rethink placement.
All views, thoughts and comments most welcome