Crew to NY.

eric freedman

Hi Tom.

I will leave as soon as the government of SXM allows me to go to Kimberlite.

I have been trying to land on the island for 6 weeks.



From: [] On Behalf Of Courtney Gorman via
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 7:56 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] How I plan to get to St Maarten.


Hi Eric when are you planning on going?  In March I was going to stop and leave my boat in Saint Martin but ended up selling all the way back to Georgia depending on when you go and if you’re interested in crew 

On May 18, 2020, at 6:55 PM, eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:

Hi Tom,


I am working with the government of St Maarten to take Kimberlite out of the island.

I will fly into St Thomas and enter St Maarten either via private plane of chartered motor boat.

I would then sail over to St Thomas to fuel up , provision , and sail back to NY.


I might have to single hand to NY.

It looks like the government might have a plan for a number of people to arrive via private conveyance

and sail away. 


Is there anyone else in the group trying to get to St Maarten?

If so we could share the cost of the trip from St Thomas to St Maarten.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376




From: [] On Behalf Of Thomas Peacock
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Excessive usage of water maker membranes


She is at Club Nautico in San Juan. I will be flying down as soon as I can be sure that I won’t have to spend 2 weeks in quarantine at the airport hotel. Even though there’s more square feet in most hotel rooms than on a Super Maramu, I think I would go certifiably nuts in a hotel.

On Apr 20, 2020, at 8:04 PM, eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:


Hi Tom,

Do you have any Idea when you will attempt to get back to your boat? Where  is she?

I might be flying into STT to get to SXM.

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376



From: [] On Behalf Of Thomas Peacock
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Excessive usage of water maker membranes


Hi Eric,


No idea. Need to be on more intimate terms with the governor. I heard today from the dockmaster in the marina where Aletes is that a captain of a mega yacht flew in, told the authorities that he was going to quarantine on his boat. They told him no way, and he is now spending 14 days at the airport hotel. Not what he had planned.

On Apr 19, 2020, at 8:50 PM, eric freedman <kimberlite@...> wrote:


Hi Tom,

Have you heard when they are lifting the quarantine on puerti Rico?

Fair Winds


Amel Super Maramu #376



From: [] On Behalf Of Thomas Peacock
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2020 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Excessive usage of water maker membranes


My only thought is like others, make certain that there is no chlorine. Obviously, there shouldn’t be if all you do is make RO water. Do you ever put water in the tank from the marina? We often have both RO and shore water, tough to tell how much chlorine, although you can buy test strips. I will sometimes flush with a couple of gallons of RO water drawn from the control panel tap, rather than flush with water from the tank.



This details some of what can go wrong, including post-mortem pictures. Interestingly, there are several causes for physical damage to the membranes (as opposed to chemical) that might have some bearing on your issue.


Tom Peacock

SM 240 Aletes, San Juan PR

Waiting to fly back down to PR next month


On Apr 18, 2020, at 8:21 PM, Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...> wrote:


I need a little help with water maker usage and maintenance, please.


Cream Puff has a 24v D60 water-maker. My problem is we seem to be going through membranes at the rate of a pair a year. I have read where others have used the same set of membranes for years and still get drinkable water. This is not the case with us. We are in our 5th year of full time cruising and are now on our 6th set of membranes. 


When I last change membranes in Colombia, this was about March 2019. Our current membranes are just over a year old. The PPMs are starting to creep up a bit now and we have gone from the 300 range to the 500 range. We notice a change in drinking quality over 600 PPMs. This is when we usually change the membranes. 


We run the water-maker at least once a week when in a marina, flush it with the fresh water rinse. I have a double charcoal filter set up for the tank rinse. When on anchor it is run just about every day. I am careful to watch the pressure and water making float gauge. I normally set it at 55 liters per hour and this put the pressure in lower side of the green range. 


Any ideas why our membranes are not lasting or why our PPMs creep up? 



With best regards,





Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia