Countdown T minus 28 days & counting! Our almost 10 year old Spectra Catalina 300 watermaker has been pickled since we returned from the Western Caribbean to SW Florida over 18 months ago. When it’s “active” we need to either make water every 3-5 days or fresh water flush the watermaker every 3-5 days. We didn’t unpickle it last winter – we weren’t away from civilization long enough to really need it. And it’s not happy making water close to civilization – too much oil, fuel, gunk whatever in the water to muck up the filters. And heaven knows we don’t want to aggravate this favorite piece of equipment!
Today in happy anticipation of leaving the dock and cruising for three months, David fired it up and voila! It just works! It’s happy that we had the main Clark pump rebuilt a couple of months ago. We weren’t sure it really needed it, but it had developed a small leak and it was going to cost almost as much to get the leak fixed as to just have the pump rebuilt! If you have an older Spectra watermaker, contact Spectra for information – it’s a great service and it’s relatively inexpensive. We also replaced all the filters.
WooHoo! Spectra says that water testing under 750 ppm is drinkable, ours used to test around 250-300. This morning the tester reads 178! Water is good, and I understand it’s expensive in the Bahamas. So it’s great to have one of our most reliable systems working as usual!
Do we need a watermaker at all? Some cruisers say yes, some say emphatically, no way. Could we cruise without investing in the watermaker? Yes. But, maybe it depends on where you’re cruising. We like being off the beaten path – we carry 70 gallons of water which without too much conserving, lasts us about a week to 10 days. So instead of leaving paradise to sail somewhere civilized enough to have water, we just turn on the Spectra, wait for a couple of hours for it to make 26 gallons of water and go snorkeling for the rest of the day! Works for us! Thank you Spectra!
Do you have a watermaker you love? Leave a comment and tell us about it! Cheers! Jan