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Some years ago there was a post on this forum saying that Dessalator recommended flushing the membranes for storage just with product water, no chemicals. So I started doing that. I just replaced the membranes after 10 years of service, during which we did
that. The membranes were replaced because of reduced product although the quality was still very good. We make water every 2-4 days when aboard, then flush with about 12 liters. When we leave the boat in the Sea of Cortez for the summer months, typically late
May to early October, I flush with 200 liters. It’s worked well for us but just a personal anecdote.
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On Apr 22, 2020, at 7:22 AM, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...> wrote:
- We were never in cold climates
- We were on the boat continuously with very few exceptions
- I installed a 24-volt timer and solenoid valve to flush 2x weekly when we were off the boat for a month
So what did you use, if you stored the boat?
I heard that propylene glycol (RV water system antifreeze) is a good substitute?......
On Apr 22, 2020, at 4:10 PM, CW Bill Rouse <brouse@...
One of the things that have not been mentioned in this Topic is the possible causes of the deterioration of some materials used for endcaps.
There is anecdotal evidence that points to Sodium Metabisulfite, the pickling chemical as being a cause, especially when it is mixed in a solution greater than recommended by Dessalator.
IMPORTANTLY, the smaller watermakers (50-60 liter) have less than 1/3rd the internal volume that the larger watermakers (150-250), yet the recommended dosage is the same! This makes no sense to me. Additionally, there are some who believe if a
small amount of pickling agent is good, more is better. BeBe (SM 387), with a D160 watermaker, had this "more is better" problem for the first 1.5 years of her life. She was cared for by an "experienced" guy in Tortola. He was one of those who believed,
more is better. During his this time, BeBe's owner only used BeBe 3 or 4 times for 2 weeks or less. After each use, he had the caretaker pickle the watermaker. Within a few months of our ownership, the membranes needed replacing, and the white endcaps were
deteriorated around the interconnect bobbin. When we bought BeBe, the watermaker had 34 hours on the meter, but the endcaps and the membranes needed replacing. I estimate that, except for a few weeks, the system was filled with a very high solution of Sodium
I replaced the white end caps with the "new" black end caps and had no issues for almost 11 years of ownership. During that ownership, I never used Sodium Metabisulfite. I replaced the membranes about every 3 years. I replaced them when the TDS neared 300ppm.
This was my preference. Interestingly some Spectra watermakers have an auto-rejection system that rejects product water at 750ppm (default). Some watermaker manufacturers have said that any ppm that is under 1000ppm is safe. WHO states that 750ppm is safe,
but recommends a daily intake limit at 500ppm. The efficiency of membranes, in terms of ppm changes with age. The slow creep of ppm will not be noticed. You should check ppm continuously.
Lastly, I have found Dessalaltor to be responsive to our needs. And, please remember this:
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BTW, Dessalator is the supplier of choice of many Super Yachts.
I fully agree we should not dismiss the choices Amel made too easy. I think the choice Amel made with the Desalator watermaker was excellent. But like with everything in life it was also a compromise between pro's and con's.
Reality is that companies that make watermakers are up to some extent just assembling stuff that is in the market anyway. So the membranes are from DuPont, the HP pump is from Cat, etc, etc.
But fact remains there are some valid points of criticism to be expressed for the Desalator product. That does not imply that Amel is to blame. It just means that Desalator has room for improving the product.
Until now I did not find a cruiser perfectly happy with his or hers watermaker. These things are extremely sensitive to bad treatment and treating them well can be a drag after so much time.
From my point of view there are a few things Desalator could improve with very little cost. I appreciate they don't change the product every two years and forget about spareparts for the installed base, like many companies do, but there are some obvious thing
they could improve like many Amel owners already did themselves.