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Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

Katadyn PowerSurvivor 80E/12 V
It says it produces 4 gal hour.
Products - Katadyn Products Inc.
A water make is our last major purchase, ya!
We have a 36í sail boat and plan on being on the hook a lot.
We are looking at the Katadyn PowerSurvivor 80E/12 V for the two of us cruising along the Central American Pacific coats.
We also see mentioned here in the serch the Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V
It uses 10 amps and makes 6.3 gal for a few hundred more.
Seems woth it but can it run for an hour or two a day on just the batteries like the Katadyn PowerSurvivor 80E/12 V?
My wife and I can conserve water as needed and like the idea of this running on 12 volts.
We have 485 watts of solar and plan on a 660 amp battery bank.
We also have a wind generator.
We have two questions.
Should we up to a 6-gal hr from a 4?
Thanks for your experience,
Chip
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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

I have a Katadyn 80E. It does the job but I wish I had bought the 160E just so the job gets done quicker. For two of us we use about 5 gallons a day so I spend about 2 hours everyday making water. It has been my experience and to others I have talked to that it is preferable to run a generator or the engine when making water. When I have run the watermaker on batteries alone the watermaker seems to labour but it can be done.
Given your options if I were you I would I would chooose the Spectra.
Being able to make water is a wonderful luxury when in places like the Bahamas and on the hook for extended period of time. It gives you the freedom of not having to visit a marian every few days.
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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

I like the idea of the Spectra auto-controller that will backwash your system as necessary. Not sure if Katadyn has such a feature.

I would get the largest unit I could afford, that would fit in the boat and I had the power to operate.
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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

I have a Powersurvivor 80 and you will get tired of listening to it run.

I would go with the spectra.

You might consider that some of the spots where you will be anchoring will be locations where you will not be want to run a watermaker. So you may find yourself sailing/motoring offshore to make water or heading out for a day or two a less plesant anchorage for a day or two to make water - so having a greater production capacity would be a good thing.

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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

Hi,
About making water in not so good of places:

Read "Additional INFO:"

1) There is no reason not to make water at the dock
OK still sounds hard to swallow, get the pun

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We are saving some on getting a Pactor III modem instead of a 4 and on another few items. We hope to purchase the Spectra water maker. The auto device for cleaning it is about another $2000.00 I think, so we will pass on that.

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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

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Hi,
About making water in not so good of places:

Read "Additional INFO:"

1) There is no reason not to make water at the dock
OK still sounds hard to swallow, get the pun


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The article dances around the issue of oil in water.

Oil will kill the membranes, requiring them to be replaced. Oil normally floats on water so if the water intake stays beneath the surface you should be good. At anchor in a busy harbor where oil is potientially a concern and plenty of boat traffic including rented jet skis coming off the beach which are going to be rocking the monohull sailboat its quite possible that water intake will break the surface and suck in the oil.

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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

Thats true and there are plenty of things to be aware of. It just throughs another way of looking at making water in a not so clean area.
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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

Hi,
Just to finish this off, we chose a Spectra Ventura Deluxe 200T water maker. We purchased it this week and should receive delivery next week.
Thanks for the imput and the threads here helped.
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Re: Katadyn PowerSurvivor 40E/12 V or Spectra Ventura 150 Deluxe-150GPD 12V?

What are you looking to get for the 160 Sailaway? What is the price / age / history of the unit? When was it last used? Pickled? What comes with it? Have pics? You might want to get 10 posts so that you can send / receive PM's (try the song thread or the joke thread).
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