Although we don’t track this in any concrete way, Rebecca and I have both noted that blog posts with either repairs or drama garner infinitely more attention (comments, feedback) than those where I write about pleasant subjects. Unless, of course, the pleasant subjects include bikini shots. Someone joked recently that if we combined drama, repairs and bikinis in one post we would “break the internet.” 🙂
There will be no internet breaking in this post but here is my pre-coffee drama for this morning. Rebecca got out of bed first today as she frequently does, started the generator and put the coffee on. Immediately after she passed me a cup, I remembered that I needed to run the watermaker. Without even taking a sip, I headed up into the forward pipe berth to begin the watermaker start-up procedure. Although not complicated, starting the watermaker is not as simple as flipping a switch (although a switch will figure prominently in the remainder of this post).
I may not have mentioned this enough but I love our CruiseRO watermaker. I am extremely happy with my decision to purchase this unit. Although we had some initial drama the first time we ran it, all that was sorted and since then, it has kept our tanks full. That is no small task with multiple charter guests taking showers every day (sometimes several showers)!
Anyway, the last time I ran the watermaker I noted that the switch to the DC-powered boost pump was being a little finicky. In other words, it would not turn off properly. As we have both DC and AC breakers installed right beside the control panel, it didn’t pose a real problem because I could turn the power off with those switches instead. And that’s what I did. This time however, as I started up the system, I thought to myself that I really hoped that the switch didn’t turn off on its own while the system was running because the AC-powered high pressure pump really doesn’t like running without that boost pump in operation. Can you guess where this is going?
With the watermaker operating, I had just returned to my cup of coffee and had only enough time to take one single sip when the switch in question turned off. How did I know that it had turned off? Without the boost pump running the high pressure pump makes an extremely loud noise. A noise so loud there was no way I could miss it even though I was as far away from the unit as possible on our 46’ boat. Not wanting to waste the time to run all the way forward to the pipe berth to tend to it, or scare the neighbors by running up on deck naked (who wears clothes on a boat when they’re alone?), I quickly turned off the power at the ship’s main panel. Drama was temporarily averted.
The source of this morning’s drama.
Here is where Rich from CruiseRO really shines. I remembered that when we first received the watermaker he had included a package of plumbing bits and pieces, among them a spare switch. What supplier does that? After Rebecca retrieved the spare switch from its storage space under one of the berths, and after I donned some shorts to prevent us from being confused for a French boat (it’s a joke, don’t take offense), I returned to my hidey-hole in the pipe berth to swap the switch for the non-functioning one. The repair went quickly and the watermaker start-up procedure was repeated. All is, once again, well with our tanks being replenished and my still-warm coffee and I reunited. What’s next for today?