JADIP (Just Another Day In Paradise)
Now back in clean water, this morning’s first order of business was recommissioning the watermaker. As we knew that we were going to be spending a month in the marina, in water unusable for running it, we pickled (preserved) the watermaker so that nothing nasty would start to grow inside it. Unfortunately, as is often the case where boats are concerned, what should have been easy, starting it back up, ended up having additional drama associated with it.
Some friends we found in the clean water yesterday.
After reinstalling the filters and positioning all of the plumbing valves and seacocks in their proper positions, I flicked the switch to start up the watermaker’s 12 volt DC boost pump. Instead of being greeted with the whurring noise that the pump normally produces, I was presented with silence, not what I wanted to have happen. What followed was a bout of troubleshooting, both electrical and mechanical. In the middle of that, I contacted one of the local chandleries and found out that, even though the pump in question is listed in their catalog, they do not have a replacement on the island. Typical.
The frustrating part of this entire ordeal is that I ended up completely disconnecting the pump and removing it from the locker. After doing so, and bringing it inside the boat, I once again applied power to it (I have a 12V cigarette lighter adapter with alligator clamps on the wires for troubleshooting scenarios just like this). Guess what? It worked! Why? I have no idea. My only guess is that perhaps my moving the pump around might have dislodged it if it had gotten stuck from a month of disuse (things that move on a boat need to be kept moving). I don’t know, that’s my only guess. I will however take Yes for an answer so I reassembled the pump, brought it back into the locker where the watermaker is located and reconnected it. Now, all is well. Both the pump and the watermaker are working, and fresh, clean water is now filling our tanks. JADIP (Just Another Day In Paradise).