Hot damn!  Got the watermaker working.  Made 28 gallons of fresh RO drinking water from Yaquina Bay water yesterday.  My previous problems were caused by a sticky check valve inside the Clark pump, which the tech guy at Spectra explained how to fix, and a “my bad” on my installation.  I tee’d the salt water feed to the hand pump as well as to the watermaker.  This is a no-no because it gives the watermaker pump a dandy little spot to suck air.  And, if you know anything about centrifugal pumps, you know they don’t like air.  Took care of that, and simplified the fresh water flush plumbing a little and she was ready to go.  Ran flawlessly for 4 hours at which time we noticed a drip from the faucet in the head as well as the one in the galley.  Took this as a sign that the tank was full and shut the system down.  So I’m encouraged.

We’ve been running on battery power only since yesterday at about 1:30 PM.  This includes the time we were making water.  Also been running the fridge and some, though not many, lights, the VHF, the stereo, etc.  Trying to find out what our battery capacity is in real life.  So far, it’s looking good.  Once we reach the 50% mark on the batteries, I’ll recharge them.  If it all works out right, I’m going to use the Honda generator for the recharge so I can see how long that’s going to take.  Don’t want any surprises when we get out to sea.
Here are a couple pictures of Siempre Sabado post-yard:


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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One Response to WATER!

  1. Sandy says:

    Oh WOW! She's is a real beauty! Can't wait to see her in person. Home Sweet Home, huh? You guys are da bomb! — Sandy

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