Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dessalator Water Maker Issues & New Photos

eric freedman

How did you hook the salinity sensor into the watermaker output?
Fair Winds,
Amel Super Maramu #376 Kimberlite

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of amelliahona
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:20 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Dessalator Water Maker Issues & New Photos

15 Feb 2006

Hi all:

I just completed installation of new FilmTec SW30-2540 membranes ($177.00
each from
Air, Water, and Ice, Inc.) in my water maker. Not a difficult job one
accomplished. Hardest
part was getting the end caps off. I have detailed the process in some
Photos that I just
uploaded. My end caps were all ok, the O-rings were all ok, there was some
corrosion of the stainless interconnect thimble, and a defect in the brine
seal of one of the
membranes. However, I believe the failure mode was the membrane material

Output is good, my new Omega EC monitor (220 volt wired to the desalinator
breaker) is
working great. The Dessalator salinity sensor does not work at all despite
testing it three
ways from Sunday with various scenarios. I am still trying to get some
answers from Rod
Boreham and Dessalator. I have spent a couple of hours on the phone with
Rod and a
couple of calls to Dessalator plus about 20 emails back and forth. I will
let you all know
more when I know more.

In the mean time, I would not run my Dessalator watermaker without backup
monitoring of the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) or EC (Electrical
Conductivity). Until we
know more there is just no guarantee that the Dessalator sensor will divert
bad quality
water during an operational cycle, thus filling your fresh water tank with
salt water.

Regards, Gary Silver, s/v Liahona SM 2000 Hull # 335

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