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10-08-2007 11:51 PM
sailingdog Cam-

IMHO, it's not all that useful, since it doesn't remove the salt. Most of us who would want/need a watermaker are going to be sailing on saltwater...and the real problem is removing the salt...not bacteria or other contaminants.
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Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Saw this today...the water maker for the rest of us??
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/survival/...lly-299345.php
10-08-2007 11:10 PM
camaraderie Saw this today...the water maker for the rest of us??
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/survival/...lly-299345.php
10-08-2007 06:42 PM
Boasun The solar still, you would want to be packed in your emergency kit, in case you have to abandon ship.

May you never have too.

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10-08-2007 06:20 PM
AjariBonten
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Originally Posted by nonsailor View Post
Thank you for that link, it seems rather expensive for a bit of plastic, doesn't it?
Can you say, "business opportunity?", LOL

You'll never go broke selling useless crap to some of the boating public, just be careful trying to hawk it 'round here, lol
10-08-2007 05:55 PM
nonsailor Thank you for that link, it seems rather expensive for a bit of plastic, doesn't it?
10-08-2007 01:46 PM
CapnHand
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Can you not buy solar stills which float on the sea and use the heat of the sun to make water or don't they work?
Yes, you can buy them. Here is one supplier. Neat concept, Ive never used one but I think they would only be practical on flat, calm seas.
10-08-2007 01:13 PM
sailingdog The WaterLog is supposed to have an electric motor attachment, so you can use it when the boat is not moving. However, I'd also point out that many anchorages are too polluted to really use a watermaker without damaging the membrane. Bacteria and oil both will damage the osmosis membrane on all of the RO watermakers that I know of.

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90 percent of cruising time is spent at anchor somewhere, how's that towed watermaker going to make out then?
Ditto the towed generator (I can see a duo, but sole purpose towed, not on my weight restricted Cat.).
Outta water babe, gotta go for a day sail around the island !
10-08-2007 12:25 PM
nonsailor hello I don't have a boat yet, I must rob a few banks first!

Can you not buy solar stills which float on the sea and use the heat of the sun to make water or don't they work?
10-08-2007 11:41 AM
camaraderie Capstan...for any appreciably sized watermaker you will need a generator to make enough amps or recharge the batteries. Getting water in the windwards is easy and you do NOT NEED a watermaker for that trip. We were there for many months and for a 6 month cruise you will find the cost of buying water, or filling up when you take a slip, is thousands of bucks less than a watermaker AND all the stuff you need to run one.
Off the beaten path in remote places, they make sense...but not for a short duration cruise in a well traveled route.
10-08-2007 11:01 AM
chucklesR 90 percent of cruising time is spent at anchor somewhere, how's that towed watermaker going to make out then?
Ditto the towed generator (I can see a duo, but sole purpose towed, not on my weight restricted Cat.).
Outta water babe, gotta go for a day sail around the island !
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