The new water maker

I reported recently that we bought a water maker from Cruise RO water and power and I’m happy to say that it’s now completely installed. Prior to buying the unit I had researched water makers online and talked with a friend who owned one of their water makers and spoke very highly about it. After discovering that Cruise RO was going to have someone demonstrating one of their units at the SSCA Melbourne Gam, I called the company and spoke to the president of the company, Richard Boren, and asked if they would have any specials at the Gam.

Rich explained that they would be offering a free consumables kit that consisted of a years worth of filters, pickling agent, and hi-pressure pump oil, a $135.00 value. Rich also told me that during the Gam he offered the demo unit for sale with no shipping charges. Since shipping the unit from California would cost nearly $200.00, it seemed like the time to buy so I pre-purchased the Gam demo unit.

What I bought was their SeaMaker SM20 unit. This water maker makes 20 gallons of RO water an hour and is made to run off a Honda 200o generator. The cost of the unit was $4195.00.

The installation was a bear, not because of the Cruise RO Water Maker, but because all 20 GPH water makers are big and take up a lot of room. The high pressure water pump weighs 53 pounds and the single RO membrane assembly is 40″ long. But in reality it was after I found room for the water maker parts that the hard work began. Running the hoses and wiring for the unit was time consuming and like most jobs on a boat involved contorting my 64 year old body into positions meant for younger souls.

Throughout the installation Rich has been very helpful. When I bought the unit Rich told me more than once to call him if I had any questions–and I have called him several times. He answers his phone promptly and the one time he didn’t answer he called me back within half an hour.

So how does the water maker run? I’m afraid that you’ll have to wait a little while for the answer to that question. Although Rich has assured me that I can make water here in the marina, he has also emphasized that fuel or oil in the water can shorten the life of the membrane. So rather than take a chance I figured I’d wait until we get out of the marina before testing it.

This should happen at the end of the month. Since Harbortown Marina does not allow living aboard while the boat is being worked on in the yard, we’re taking Rough Draft up to Titusville to do a bottom job. The plan is to spend one or two nights at the city mooring field before having the boat hauled, and we’ll test the water maker while we’re in the mooring field. I’ll comment on the test results then.

 

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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