SeaMaker - Simple
What is a "SeaMaker Simple Water Maker"?
First, it's important to be clear on what the SeaMaker Simple Water Maker models are not. They are not lower quality water makers with cost savings coming at the expense of using lower quality components. We don't cut back on the industry leading customer service or warranty and we don't compromise on using top quality parts.
Being cruisers ourselves means that we are budget conscious and are always looking for ways to reduce costs while still maintaining quality. Simply stated, we are able to reduce the cost of our SeaMaker Simple water makers by $395 over our standard water makers by doing away with remote panel and mounting the needed water maker controls right on the end of the RO Pressure Vessel (as shown in the photo to the right). In fact, this is the exact configuration that Rich, the owner of Cruise RO Water and Power, has been cruising with aboard SV THIRD DAY now for over 4 years.
What are the advantages of
the SeaMaker Simple water makers?
As the name implies, the water maker plumbing is "simplified" with fewer high pressure stainless fittings and high pressure hoses, which helps explain the cost savings. Simplicity also helps to make the installation easier without the extra low and high pressure lines running to and from the remote panel. You don't have to find a place to mount the remote panel or cut another hole in your boat (always a plus). And of course you get to save $395 for beer and tacos south of the border.
What are the Disadvantages of
the SeaMaker Simple water makers?
It's said that all cruising boats are a compromise and to simplify the installation and save some money, we have yet another compromise to consider. Whether the SeaMaker Simple Water Maker is a good choice for you depends on how you rank these compromises and that boils down to personal preferences.
The biggest compromise has to do with where you will be mounting your RO Pressure Vessel (shown to right). Since the system controls will be mounted on the end of the RO Pressure Vessel, you will now need to access it every time you start and stop the water maker to adjust the system pressure. So if you plan to bury the RO Pressure Vessel in an inaccessible spot or under the salon setae that the admiral will kill you for tearing apart every time you need to make water for her showers, then the extra $395 for the remote panel could be a marriage and cruise saver. But if you have a spot to mount the RO Pressure Vessel that allows for easy access to the water maker controls, then you could have made it past compromise one.
Compromise two is that you will be giving up the ability to glance at your water maker panel and see how many gallons of fresh water per minute you are producing, since you won't have a flow meter (or at least the one we supply on the remote panel). This kills the deal for a lot of the "techy-monitor-guys" who love to watch the flow meter float bounce at 35 GPH on their 30 GPH water maker and feel like they got a bonus 5 GPH. But for the captains that can happily use a 5 gallon bucket and stop watch to calculate their fresh water production not having the panel mounted flow meter is livable.
Compromise three, really isn't a compromise but should be mentioned just for completeness. The nonblocking 3-way valve that routes the product water to either your sample location or your ships tank is still included with the SeaMaker Simple water make but you will not have the on/off boost pump and high pressure pump switches. However, since you will need to supply breakers for these two pumps even with the remote panel, you can just use your breakers to turn the two pumps on and off.