[Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

amelliahona <no_reply@...>

Hi Ian
On my last trip I installed a Blue Sea System Part Number: 8247 Digital Multimeter
with alarm. It has a digital display for Amps, Voltage, Frequency, and Power (watts).
You can see this at their web site. Just google up Blue Sea Systems.

I wired it to the 220 VAC feed to the 220 Volt Breaker Panel so that it
shows all parameters for the power either from the gen set or shore power before
any breakers are set, and also load (either amps or watts) for any given circuit or
combination of circuits. It was a very simple installation. It uses a power
transformer around one of the feed wires to sense amperage and calculate
power. It is great. I only used it for a day or two before coming home and
so on my next trip (3 wks) I will compile a load chart for all 220 VAC circuits.
I'll post that when I finish it.

I did verify that the gen set is putting out exactly its design spec voltage,
frequency, and rated power even at full power load.

I am not sure what you mean by "bung ". The EC sensor has US 1/2 inch pipe
thread. I wrapped it with Teflon plumbers tape and screwed it into the
1/2 inch threaded PVC pipe T.


--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Ian Shepherd" <ocean53@...> wrote:


I fitted an AC current meter by drilling two holes in the left hand side of
the grey plastic 220V box just to the right of the cupboard above the sink.
The holes matched the two threaded studs the poke out of the back of the
meter. I then bolted the appropriate leads in the AC system supply to the
studs and presto, one very useful bit of kit which is viewable whenever the
cupboard door is open. Total cost about $10. It measures AC load from both
shore power and the genset.

I have a 160 Ltr/hour water maker too, and the total AC current draw is 17
amps at full output.

I note your further investigations to the sality probe function. When I get
Crusader back in the water in abou 4 weeks time, I will do the same test
that you did. What did you use to bung the hole that the probe screws into?


Ian SM 414 Crusader

-------Original Message-------

From: amelliahona
Date: 02/19/06 11:03:14
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water maker power draw

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "edmund_steele" <edmundsteele@>
Ed and others:
I had similar trouble with my 160 l/hr watermater on SM # 335. This
began about 6 months after it was new (about the time we set off across the
The 20 amp breaker would trip intermittently and periodically just as yours

This problem continued intermittently until recently when it became more
frequent. So I checked the current draw at the 220 volt breaker panel
in the galley by using a clamp type AC ammeter and with the high pressure
pump running under load. The draw was only 13.5 amps. The breaker is a
20 amp breaker. Normally inductive motor start up loads are high and
you would expect the trip to occur with HP pump motor start, but this has
not been my experience. The trip would happen seemingly randomly and
unrelated to load or start. I didn't have a replacement breaker so I
the existing breaker. This is done by turning the red painted "set" screw
the back of the breaker slightly. I turned mine each 1/8th turn. This
a spring inside the breaker and raises the tension that must be developed on
the bi-metallic conductive strip in the breaker that causes a trip when load
exceeds the "breaker size" limit. Of course I no longer know what the
trip value of this breaker is. I intend to replace it with a 25 amp breaker
soon as possible.

Note that 13.5 amps is probably not the total current draw for the
The circuit box on the back of the watermaker control panel has a 25 amp
breaker labeled "HP" presumably for the HP pump, and also a 6 amp breaker
labeled "BP" which I presume is the "Brine Pump" or low pressure feed pump.
I will take some more measurements next time I am on the boat to verify this

I am trying to get a copy of the schematic and logic diagrams for the water
maker from Dessalator. So far they have only offered to supplly an
installation wiring diagram. I am prepared to reverse engineer this system
to get to the bottom of these questions.

Regards, Gary Silver s/v Liahona

I had a problem with the 160 l / hour watermaker on SM#331 which
tripped the breaker when it was first put into service. There had
been a seal failure problem with the pre-feed pump and I replaced
this with no change in the breaker tripping behavior. Sometimes the
unit would operate for 30 minutes or so before the breaker tripped. I
tried simply replacing the Amel supplied 20 ampere breaker, assuming
that it was faulty but the problem persisted. After several e-mails
to Amel, they agreed that I should replace the breaker with one rated
for 25 amperes. I did this and the unit has operated perfectly for
the past 12 months. I have since discovered that at least one other
Super Maramu owner has had to make the same modification. I have
assumed that the unit must be drawing around 22 amperes in normal
operation – around 4.8 kW but I have not metered this.

Ed Steele
#331 `DoodleBug'

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