The water maker works by using pressure over a semi-permeable membrane through which only pure water molecules can pass to force the water through leaving behind the salt and other molecules. However before the sea can even reach the membrane it to go through a system of filters so maintenance is essential to the health of the system and requires a powerful pump to force the water through it. After a false start when our chosen plant was discontinued just before we placed an order, a Spectra Water Maker was purchased, versions of this one are used in Trans-Atlantic rowing boats and in a wonderful happen-chance the recommended local installation company belongs to a long time friend Scott of 1 Degree West Marine who has overseen much of Temptress' engine maintenance over the years.
|Spigot in the forward heads for testing water quality|
|Overflow seacock behind the sails|
Finally everything is complete - the engine has new injectors, a repositioned seawater strainer (so the engine cover box aka a sofa will no longer wear away at seawater filled pipes, repainted engine mounts and prop shaft coupling. There is a new stern gland and new fan belts to drive the alternators. The replacement woodwork to the raise bunk looks string enough to support an elephant whilst all that can be seen of the water maker is a small switch panel behind the cabin door, a stainless steel spigot by the sink and a seacock under the deck in the forepeak. One unforeseen benefit; increasing the domestic water pressure means that we now have a "power shower"! Time to move on to the next project, solar panel installation...
What all this fails to convey is the chaos of the past couple of weeks - each day our bed had to be stripped, right down to removing the mattress and its wooden base plus the three drawers that sit under the long edge of the bunk. All of that had to be stored elsewhere - piled up in an aft cabin, on the saloon table and in doorways aft. When Nathan and Scott left for home at the end of their working day we'd remake the bed so it could be slept in. And, on days when they weren't plumbing in the water maker, another of Scott's employees was overhauling the engine which is located under a sofa in the middle of the saloon. Then saloon cushions and the table were upended in a huge pile on the port hand sofa and toolboxes, rags and a prone engineer filled the galley floor on the starboard side. It's a bit like a hurricane has turned everything upside down so that even boiling a kettle for a cuppa becomes a major challenge working around and over the obstacle course.
|Topsy Turvy Saloon & our domestic water system|
|Stuffed aft cabin|
|Contents of forepeak in cockpit|
|There's a man in our bunk!|