Re: Earth bonding and watermaker

eric freedman

Hi Arno,
When plugged in I always hand a fish shaped "guppy" over the side. On Kimberlite I connect it to the bonding on the fuel fill. It is permanently connected , I store it in the same locker as the fuel fill and drop it over the side when plugged in. It usually lasts over a year.

To easily remove the end caps on the membranes I use Ian Jenkins method.
I take a piece of sail tie and clamp it on to the end cap leaving a loop in the sail tie. I hold it on with a hose clamp.
I then put the loop of the sail tie over one of the mizzen winches and give the membrane a sharp tug. POP- its off in 2 seconds.

Fair Winds
Kimberlite Amel Super Maramu #376

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Arno Luijten
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Earth bonding and watermaker

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the explanation. You made a good point about the A/C pump. I forgot all about that. So there are actually a few places where the zink “meets” the shore ground. I’m in a marina in St. Martin and connected to the shore power for most of the time. In this position I’ve calculated my anodes to last about 6 months before left at 40% weight and replacement becomes required.
So It seems I’m not playing to be a huge battery in the marina too much.
I will verify if the bonding connection to the watermaker is working as supposed and make sure the leaks are rectified. That is all I can do I think for now.

I did have a nice time taking off the caps of the membrane vessels by the way. In the end I drilled a 3 holes in the side of the caps (120 degrees apart), tapped a thread in it and put a bolt in. I then could use hammer and screwdriver to gently tap out the caps by using the side of the bolt-head as hit point.

Hopefully next week the whole thing will be back on its feet again.


SV Luna,

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