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Suggestions for Watermaker

Hello all,

I am currently in the market for a watermaker. My budget is about $5000.00. Any suggestions?

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Re: Suggestions for Watermaker

Build your own. My 540 gallon per day one cost me around $700.

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Take a look at this. Even if you don't build one it's good to understand how they work.
http://www.westward-ii.com/PDF%27s/H...watermaker.pdf
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I like Spectra, however, your budget is light.


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Re: Suggestions for Watermaker

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Build your own. My 540 gallon per day one cost me around $700.

Brent do you have a parts and design schematic you can post or send me by PM?
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Take a look at this. Even if you don't build one it's good to understand how they work.
http://www.westward-ii.com/PDF%27s/H...watermaker.pdf
This is an excellent article, thank you


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Re: Suggestions for Watermaker

Brent,

If you can post your design info or send it to me pm, that would be great. If I can build one myself, I would actaully enjoy that. I just printed off the PDF described above and will look at that also. Our boat leave for a circumnavigation on May 3rd of this year. I am getting excited.

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Re: Suggestions for Watermaker

FYI, I looked at the info regarding building a watermaker. It was a good start, but it certainly does not provide enough information. It describes a pump for the watermaker, but it does not describe what kind of motor to attach. it is going to take a while to get that figured out. As for the gentleman above who said he made a watermaker for 700 dollars, I would love to know how. The high pressure pumps alone cost over 1000 dollars and the membranes are expensive. I would certainly like to see a breakdown of costs and how he did it.
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