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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] C-Drive Wearing Bushing and Bow Thruster seal premature failure

Mohammad Shirloo
 

We are now hauled out and have drained the creamy oil. I would like recommendations on how to best clean the inside of the gear box before adding the new gear oil so that we can remove as much of the water as possible. Would appreciate all thoughts as soon as possible. Thank you


Re: Dessalator pump not working

amelliahona <no_reply@...>
 

Paul:  

This outfit has stud mount wire lead run and start capacitors that are a fit for the various Amel motors and Air Conditionings systems.  I suspect they will ship to Grenada.

Sometimes their web site is a bit strange so search around and you will no doubt find a spec. and size/configuration that will work. 

  

The capacitors are good from 5 - 10 years.  If the value drifts down from specification the motor will typically run hotter than if the capacitor is on spec.


Good luck, 


Gary S. Silver

s/v Liahona   Amel SM 2000    Hull # 335   Puerto Del Rey Marina, Puerto Rico




 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

David,

I plan to use DESSALATOR components if I can. If some components are no good, I plan to substitute them with commercial items. Spare parts from DESSALATOR are expensive. Most likely my watermaker will be manually controlled. 

Can you give me the manufacturer and part number for high pressure pump/motor, and housing for membranes that you used.

Thank you and Bill for your good advise.

Vladimir
SM # 345


On Dec 22, 2016 6:57 PM, "David Wallace svairops@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Oops, should have read all my emails first. I see Vladimir has a good solution, best of luck!


Dave Wallace
sv Air Ops
Maramu #104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

On Dec 22, 2016, at 3:50 PM, Dave Wallace <svairops@...> wrote:

Vladimir,

I second Bill’s suggestion to build your own. Our Maramu had no water maker so I went that route. Manual controls, 35 gallons/hr, total cost about $2600. They are really quite simple if you don’t need automated functions.

Dave Wallace
sv Air Ops
Maramu #104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

On Dec 21, 2016, at 2:52 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


Vladimir,

If you are going to not rebuild the Dessalator, maybe you should consider using some of your existing generic parts from the Dessalator system such as the low pressure pump, membrane tubes and end caps.

If I were you, I wouldn't rely on any watermaker company, but I would build a system with a new high pressure pump from CAT, a generic 220VAC 50htz motor, some manual valves and pressure gauges and use the membrane tubes and low pressure pump from the Dessalator system.

I am sure that you can find the specifications that you need on-line. The entire system us simple. Apply the correct vessel pressure and you get pure water. There is really no need for electric valves and PCBs.

And BTW, I am mostly sure that the reason Dessalator suggested a new PCB Control Board is because your board was made wrong by the Dessalator subcontractor and really does not sense water quality. The quality sense scheme is a fake on all boards up to about 2010. Also, I believe that the reason that they suggested a new control panel is that the pressure valve they used on yours is not really the quality necessary for saltwater. It will suffer from corrosion...use CorrosionX liberally on the outside if this valve. Oh, and many of us had white end caps which were made of inferior material...another Dessalator error. These are common Dessalator errors that most of us have paid for.

I hope this helps you to make a decision.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
Sent from my tablet
+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 21, 2016 6:13 PM, "Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?

Vladimir
SM #345


On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise. 
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"








Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

David Wallace
 

Oops, should have read all my emails first. I see Vladimir has a good solution, best of luck!

Dave Wallace
sv Air Ops
Maramu #104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

On Dec 22, 2016, at 3:50 PM, Dave Wallace <svairops@...> wrote:

Vladimir,

I second Bill’s suggestion to build your own. Our Maramu had no water maker so I went that route. Manual controls, 35 gallons/hr, total cost about $2600. They are really quite simple if you don’t need automated functions.

Dave Wallace
sv Air Ops
Maramu #104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

On Dec 21, 2016, at 2:52 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Vladimir,

If you are going to not rebuild the Dessalator, maybe you should consider using some of your existing generic parts from the Dessalator system such as the low pressure pump, membrane tubes and end caps.

If I were you, I wouldn't rely on any watermaker company, but I would build a system with a new high pressure pump from CAT, a generic 220VAC 50htz motor, some manual valves and pressure gauges and use the membrane tubes and low pressure pump from the Dessalator system.

I am sure that you can find the specifications that you need on-line. The entire system us simple. Apply the correct vessel pressure and you get pure water. There is really no need for electric valves and PCBs.

And BTW, I am mostly sure that the reason Dessalator suggested a new PCB Control Board is because your board was made wrong by the Dessalator subcontractor and really does not sense water quality. The quality sense scheme is a fake on all boards up to about 2010. Also, I believe that the reason that they suggested a new control panel is that the pressure valve they used on yours is not really the quality necessary for saltwater. It will suffer from corrosion...use CorrosionX liberally on the outside if this valve. Oh, and many of us had white end caps which were made of inferior material...another Dessalator error. These are common Dessalator errors that most of us have paid for.

I hope this helps you to make a decision.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
Sent from my tablet
+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 21, 2016 6:13 PM, "Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?

Vladimir
SM #345


On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise. 
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"








Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

David Wallace
 

Vladimir,

I second Bill’s suggestion to build your own. Our Maramu had no water maker so I went that route. Manual controls, 35 gallons/hr, total cost about $2600. They are really quite simple if you don’t need automated functions.

Dave Wallace
sv Air Ops
Maramu #104
Sea of Cortez, Mx

On Dec 21, 2016, at 2:52 PM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:


Vladimir,

If you are going to not rebuild the Dessalator, maybe you should consider using some of your existing generic parts from the Dessalator system such as the low pressure pump, membrane tubes and end caps.

If I were you, I wouldn't rely on any watermaker company, but I would build a system with a new high pressure pump from CAT, a generic 220VAC 50htz motor, some manual valves and pressure gauges and use the membrane tubes and low pressure pump from the Dessalator system.

I am sure that you can find the specifications that you need on-line. The entire system us simple. Apply the correct vessel pressure and you get pure water. There is really no need for electric valves and PCBs.

And BTW, I am mostly sure that the reason Dessalator suggested a new PCB Control Board is because your board was made wrong by the Dessalator subcontractor and really does not sense water quality. The quality sense scheme is a fake on all boards up to about 2010. Also, I believe that the reason that they suggested a new control panel is that the pressure valve they used on yours is not really the quality necessary for saltwater. It will suffer from corrosion...use CorrosionX liberally on the outside if this valve. Oh, and many of us had white end caps which were made of inferior material...another Dessalator error. These are common Dessalator errors that most of us have paid for.

I hope this helps you to make a decision.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
Sent from my tablet
+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 21, 2016 6:13 PM, "Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?

Vladimir
SM #345


On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 

I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise. 
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"







Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

Pat,

Thank you very much.

I would like to pick it up as soon as it is convenient for you.

I plan to assemble and check it at home. Please let me know when it  is OK for you.
Please give me your address. Use my email or tex on my phone.

Thanks again.

Best regards to Diane from me and Marina

Vladimir
202 258 1916
SM#345
SONSEV52 AT GMAIL



On Dec 22, 2016 12:27 PM, "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Vladimir, No need to buy it from me, I will be happy to give it to you , if you can use it. I can bring it down in the spring when I come down to help you service your bow thruster , or you can drive up , have dinner , spend the night if you like. Tell Marina , Diane and I wish her a Merry Christmas !
Pat
SM Shenanigans


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Dec 22, 2016 9:43 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

 
Hi Pat,
I will be happy to buy it from you. I will try to assemble one working unit out of two.
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!
Vladimir
SM #345

On Dec 22, 2016 7:55 AM, "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Vladimir, You wrote that your SM is a 1992, we were with you in the BVIs when you told us that you were going to look at it , Diane and I remember it being much newer. If it is a 1992 , I have an entire dessalator you can have ,it came out of a 1994 . I think its rated at 60 lt./hr.
Merry Christmas,
Pat & Diane


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...om>
Sent: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 5:13 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

 
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?
Vladimir
SM #345

On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 
Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 
I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise.
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

Patrick McAneny
 

Vladimir, No need to buy it from me, I will be happy to give it to you , if you can use it. I can bring it down in the spring when I come down to help you service your bow thruster , or you can drive up , have dinner , spend the night if you like. Tell Marina , Diane and I wish her a Merry Christmas !
Pat
SM Shenanigans


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners]
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Thu, Dec 22, 2016 9:43 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

 
Hi Pat,
I will be happy to buy it from you. I will try to assemble one working unit out of two.
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!
Vladimir
SM #345

On Dec 22, 2016 7:55 AM, "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 
Vladimir, You wrote that your SM is a 1992, we were with you in the BVIs when you told us that you were going to look at it , Diane and I remember it being much newer. If it is a 1992 , I have an entire dessalator you can have ,it came out of a 1994 . I think its rated at 60 lt./hr.
Merry Christmas,
Pat & Diane


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 5:13 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

 
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?
Vladimir
SM #345

On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 
I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise.
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Electrolysis

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

Thanks. At this moment watermaker motors are disconnected and removed. I checked continuity between 24V plugs and bonding.  They are connected. Is this OK.

From previous emails from Bill I understood that bondind should not be connected to batterry minus. Did I understand this correctly?

Vladimir
SM#345


On Dec 22, 2016 11:47 AM, "Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Vlad,
My understanding is that our 24v motors/pumps (all of them, not just the ones on the watermaker) should have their negative go straight to the battery bank. The bonding wire should be connected to their cases.

Have you noticed any change in how fast your zincs erode? If the watermaker is properly bonded, the zincs should protect it.

If there is a connection from positive or negative to the case within a pump, usually caused by wear of the brushes and buildup of carbon dust, you can get electrolysis anywhere in the circuit. I would disconnect your pumps one at a time and check for a connection (use multimeter on resistance) between the positive or negative and the case. If you find a connection, find the cause. Before you hook everything back up, check for connection again between battery negative or positive and the bonding system, in case there are more than one places where there is an unwanted connection.

Let us know what you find.

Kent
SM243
Kristy


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Electrolysis

karkauai
 

Vlad,
My understanding is that our 24v motors/pumps (all of them, not just the ones on the watermaker) should have their negative go straight to the battery bank. The bonding wire should be connected to their cases.

Have you noticed any change in how fast your zincs erode? If the watermaker is properly bonded, the zincs should protect it.

If there is a connection from positive or negative to the case within a pump, usually caused by wear of the brushes and buildup of carbon dust, you can get electrolysis anywhere in the circuit. I would disconnect your pumps one at a time and check for a connection (use multimeter on resistance) between the positive or negative and the case. If you find a connection, find the cause. Before you hook everything back up, check for connection again between battery negative or positive and the bonding system, in case there are more than one places where there is an unwanted connection.

Let us know what you find.

Kent
SM243
Kristy


Re: Water Heater Hose Size on SM

Jim Anderson
 

Kent, For the potable/drinking water input & output to/from the water heater, I used potable water hose, available from West or Budget Marine. For the coolant going in & out I'd use heater hose from an auto parts supply store. - Jim


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Dessalator pump not working

ya_fohi
 

Tony,

Yes I am in touch with Martin and as you say he is very helpful. My 24v motor is running as I write this, but with the solenoid bypassed. I think I have now fixed the solenoid - it was not making contact inside, so will try it again once the engine room as cooled down. As for the 220v one I need a new starting capacitor which is proving to be difficult to find here in Grenada.

Cheers,
Paul
Ya Fohi - Amel 54 #98


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Electrolysis

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Vladimir,

My 160 liter Dessalator has bonding connections at the Low Pressure Pump, the High Pressure Pump Motor, and the Flush Valve.

Best,

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
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+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 22, 2016 11:50 AM, "sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

I found that valve seats on my watermaker pump are pitted. I emailed the photos to DESSALATOR. They told me that the pitting is due to electrolysis on my boat.
Yesterday I tried to investigate that. I found that bonding system is connected with negative contacts of 24V.
Based on our forum discussions, it is not right.
Engine frame, engine, and alternator on the engine are also connected to bonding. My boat is on hard now.

Please advise.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"


Electrolysis

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

I found that valve seats on my watermaker pump are pitted. I emailed the photos to DESSALATOR. They told me that the pitting is due to electrolysis on my boat.
Yesterday I tried to investigate that. I found that bonding system is connected with negative contacts of 24V.
Based on our forum discussions, it is not right.
Engine frame, engine, and alternator on the engine are also connected to bonding. My boat is on hard now.

Please advise.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water Heater Hose Size on SM

karkauai
 

Oops. :-). Anybody want to chime in and confirm? 3/4 or 1 inch?
Kent


From: capt.anderson@... [amelyachtowners] ;
To: ;
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Water Heater Hose Size on SM
Sent: Thu, Dec 22, 2016 2:29:38 PM

 

Correction, make that 1", I think. 25MM = 0.98 inch.


Re: Water Heater Hose Size on SM

karkauai
 

Thanks Jim, do you remember where you got the new hose? Is it just standard heater hose?
Kent


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] C-Drive Wear Bushiing Seal Removal trick by Amel

Stephen Davis
 

Bill,

I've always used Gary's excellent instructions, and also the technique of drilling a small hole in the seal and using a screw to extract the seal with no issues. Between Aloha and others I've assisted, I've done the Cdrive service 5 times in the last 3 years. The most difficult extraction was another boat with very old and deteriorated seals, and it was a bit difficult to get the screw to hold. With that said, it was still done in an hour. If there were a seal puller which would extract the deepest seals, I'd use it, but nothing wrong with the screw technique. 

You and Judy enjoy your holiday, and hope to catch up with you guys one of these days. 

Steve
Aloha SM72

On Dec 22, 2016, at 09:40, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Steve,

My first time I was helped by an "expert mechanic" who knew Amels...NOT!

He had 2 or 3 seal pullers, all of which broke. After about 3 hours the prop was off and another 3 hours and the seals were out.

Before my next haulout I received very well-written procedure from Gary Silver whose Amel knowledge I very much respect. I have used his original instructions since. His instructions call for drilling a small hole in the seal, then screwing a metal screw into the hole and pulling on the metal screw.

So, I was initiated to seal pulling devices by probably the wrong person, who BTW, called himself an expert and charged $90 an hour for 7 hours for a job that takes me about 1-2 hours. It was a great education, but unfortunately I developed certain prejudices from it.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
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+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 22, 2016 7:58 AM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Bill,

Do you have this puller, and how well did it work at pulling your seals out? Seems like an easy solution if it will work in our application.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM 72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 4:42 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Or...  use a real seal puller...


Amazon.com: Lisle 58430 Shaft Type Seal Puller: Automotive

 



Much easier and less likely to damage the seal housing than using screwdrivers or other improvised solutions.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Hollywood FL





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

VLADIMIR SONSEV
 

Hi Pat,

I will be happy to buy it from you. I will try to assemble one working unit out of two.

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

Vladimir
SM #345


On Dec 22, 2016 7:55 AM, "Patrick Mcaneny sailw32@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Vladimir, You wrote that your SM is a 1992, we were with you in the BVIs when you told us that you were going to look at it , Diane and I remember it being much newer. If it is a 1992 , I have an entire dessalator you can have ,it came out of a 1994 . I think its rated at 60 lt./hr.
Merry Christmas,
Pat & Diane


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Sonsev sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wed, Dec 21, 2016 5:13 pm
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] DESSALATOR DUO 60 ORIGINAL, REPAIR OR REPLACE

 
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your advise. I will definitely consider Electromax. It looks and sound good. Probubly Canadian company AC motor is designed for 60 Hz AC. Amel generator make 50 Hz AC.  Did Electromax give you 50 Hz motor?
Vladimir
SM #345

On Dec 21, 2016 12:51 PM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
Hi Vladimir,

When I purchased my 1992 SM, it had the original watermaker in non working condition. It was going to be very expensive to repair, and I wanted higher capacity, so I decided to replace it with a different model. My criteria in selection were at least 30gph, built with mostly off the shelf and readily available components, and a reasonable purchase price. After considerable research, I purchased a watermaker from Electromax in Canada. I purchased it at the 2014 Annapolis boat show for $4600 delivered to my door in Florida. It is rated at 30gph, and built with non proprietary parts. Unlike the DESSALATOR, most functions are manual, and there is very little to go wrong. I do have the optional automatic solenoid valve installed which allows me to flush the membrane when we are not on the boat The kit arrived with plumbing fittings, hoses, filters, control panel, high pressure pump, low pressure pump, and the membrane. The process of ripping out the old system, and installing the new took me about a day and half. I was able to put the new control panel in the same place as the old with some simple modifications. Also, I've had great technical support from Electromax on the phone when needed.

We started using the watermaker last season when we reached the Caribbean, and have made about 1500 gallons to date with no issues. With the salinity and water temperature in this area, we seem to output between 32 to 34 gph, even though it's rated at 30gph. To each his own, but I greatly prefer a simple manual design with very little to go wrong, and components which are easy to find in most parts of the world.

Let me know if you need more info or pictures, and I'd be happy to help. Good luck on getting it figured out.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM, sonsev52@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...om> wrote:
 
I have bought my 2002 Amel SM one year ago. Previous owner told me that the watermaker does not work. He told me that watermaker turns off in less than a minute after it turned on. Previous owner left on the boat a spare set of filters and membranes for DESSALATOR.
Watermaker repairman it Trinidad told me that I have to rebuild high pressure pump, check motors and probubly replace electronic control board.
I removed the pump with two motors. Both motors run fine without load. I have no reason to suspect a motor problem. I disassembled pump. As I expected all seals must be replaced. In addition I discovered that all 4 valves have to be replased because valve seats are deeply pitted. The plunger did not look good. DESSALATOR contact person recommended to replace pump head for € 875.00.
She also told me that watermaker control board and panel are outdated and replacement cost €1,812.00. She told me that probubly membrane housing end plates must be replaced because my watermaker was not running for long time. She recommended me to buy new DUO 60 watermaker for € 9,184.00.
I wonder what is good replacement for original watermaker? Should I stay with DESSALATOR brand or there are better and less expensive replacements? Please give me advise.
If someone have replaced original DESSALATOR watermaker and saved DESSALATOR parts, I probubly buy old control board, controlle panel ,pump and other parts.

Vladimir
SM #345 "LIFE IS GOOD"



Re: Water heater AMEL 54

Jim Anderson
 

Correction, make that 1", I think. 25MM = 0.98 inch.
Jim
SM384 Sirena Azul, Seattle


Re: Water Heater Hose Size on SM

Jim Anderson
 

Kent & the Group, I'm not aboard but recall that a standard U.S. size, 3/4", I think, fits perfectly for the black & yellow hoses. I used this when replacing the house fresh water pump and have had no leaks or issues.
For the Isotherm hot water heater, I ordered & received an IsoTherm brand mixing valve from a local chandlery some time ago but haven't yet installed it. At the time I didn't know this was a common part that I probably could've gotten at Home Depot or a plumbing supply house. 
Jim
SM 384 Sirena Azul, Seattle


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] C-Drive Wear Bushiing Seal Removal trick by Amel

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Steve,

My first time I was helped by an "expert mechanic" who knew Amels...NOT!

He had 2 or 3 seal pullers, all of which broke. After about 3 hours the prop was off and another 3 hours and the seals were out.

Before my next haulout I received very well-written procedure from Gary Silver whose Amel knowledge I very much respect. I have used his original instructions since. His instructions call for drilling a small hole in the seal, then screwing a metal screw into the hole and pulling on the metal screw.

So, I was initiated to seal pulling devices by probably the wrong person, who BTW, called himself an expert and charged $90 an hour for 7 hours for a job that takes me about 1-2 hours. It was a great education, but unfortunately I developed certain prejudices from it.

Bill Rouse
BeBe Amel 53 #387
Sent from my tablet
+1832-380-4970 USA Voice Mail


On Dec 22, 2016 7:58 AM, "Stephen Davis flyboyscd@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Hi Bill,

Do you have this puller, and how well did it work at pulling your seals out? Seems like an easy solution if it will work in our application.

Steve Davis
Aloha SM 72
Martinique

On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 4:42 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

Or...  use a real seal puller...


Amazon.com: Lisle 58430 Shaft Type Seal Puller: Automotive

 



Much easier and less likely to damage the seal housing than using screwdrivers or other improvised solutions.

Bill Kinney
SM#160 Harmonie
Hollywood FL