I bet y’all are thinking those two must be enjoying that warm weather and kicking back on the water with a couple of killer martinis…Ya well we’re not. These were consumed what feels like a million years ago when we used swim in the morning and take pictures of turtle signs on the beach. That’s all over now finito (for now).
Now we are in the upgrade phase of the boat, and I’m talking 12 hrs a day. Here in Fort Lauderdale the temperature has been THROUGH THE ROOF.
Blinking makes you sweat, seriously.
This makes you thirsty and it was with this revelation that we realized just how much water you consume.
This boat holds 200 gallons of fresh water but after showers and cleaning you go through it pretty quickly. So we thought this was not something we wanted to compromise on hence the water maker project.
It’s a pretty big unit and it’s said to be “Plug N Play” if your a master mechanic with an engineering background and a film has been written about your life.
We’re not but Steve’s damn close and can pretty much do ANYTHING, so we ordered it up.
This is the crew cabin from an overhead view – this is where the water maker’s going.
It’s a very compact spot and you would have to be one heck of a hearty individual to make this home for a week.
So let me break it down. You climb down through the starboard bow deck hatch onto a set of steps. This is not only your entrance but your only exit. Now your standing in your bathroom.
Great now after a hard day you probably need a shower so out comes the sink faucet. Now once your nice and clean your probably ready for bed. So you flip it down.
And it’s lights out.
Sweet dreams I guess?
And when it’s morning time you start all over again – a very compact effective use of space.
Up through your hatch you come.
Well all this is no more – out it all comes!
Even the toilet – everything must go!
In goes the “plug N play” water maker.
The next continuous 48 hrs consisted of a gruelling set up in a hole for Steve. This made Orange is the New Black look like a Sandals Vacation!
To me this was the work of an extremely focused man. Luckily there was a fan and the shower in there for him to cool off while he worked but jeez that was a hot one!
And there is no good time – it’s always hot!
Hey honey what’s it look like out there?
Oh it’s over 100 degrees like yesterday and the day before.
On a side note, we have seen people roaming the streets with LONG sleeve shirts and Jeans and even SWEATERS! Ok I know that Starbucks has brought back it’s pumpkin spice latte but seriously people it’s over 100 degrees!!
Here she is. This very simple plug n play water maker. Doesn’t she look plug n playish?
Perfect spot really. This here is just the set up – now there’s the rewiring and electrical dog and pony show.
If I could wear a hat in this weather it would be off to Steve for putting this together. Not only did he sweat for 2 solid days he had the foresight to run speaker wire at the same time while doing the electrical.
This is like the “good old days” at Addison Cadillac.
LOOKS LIKE A NICE JOB. I HAVE A 46 ALSO AND PLANNING ON A WATERMAKER. DID YOU USE THE SAME SEACOCKS FROM THE HEAD? AND WHICH WATERMAKER (12V OR 110V, GAL/HR, BRAND) DID YOU USE AND ARE YOU HAPPY WITH IT. WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONSES.
The water maker we installed is an RO Cruise made in the USA. the distributors are also the manufacturers so if you have any questions during the install they are a great resource.
The unit is 110 volts that we run off the generator. The 5 hp motor draws about 30 amps.
I removed the toilet in the forward starboard crew. A in and used the sea clock from that.
Produces 35/40 gallons per hour of high quality water.
After a year of use it has held up great we would be lost without it.
Good luck with your install.