Will I have to spend a lot of time and money maintaining my watermaker system?
If you properly care for your watermaker, the maintenance requirements will be minimal compared to other systems. By following the instructions provided in your Sea Clear Watermaker™ manual and routinely flushing the system with fresh water after each use, your membrane will last 5-7 years. The only regular maintenance cost you will incur will be replacing your pre-filters about twice a year, which are usually less than $30 and can be found in most marine or hardware stores.
How complicated is it to pickle the watermaker for longer term storage?
If you don't plan to use your watermaker for a week or more, you'll want to pickle the system to preserve the membrane. This is a very simple process and is not much different than the normal process you'd use to flush your watermaker after each use. The only difference is that you'll add a chemical to the flush to make a solution that will prevent the growth of bacteria. That's it! When you're ready to use your watermaker again, just discard the product water for the first 15 - 20 minutes to be sure the solution has been completely rinsed from the system and then start filling your tanks.
How much power will my watermaker use?
The Sea Clear Watermaker™ is powered by either your engine or your generator, so you aren't running down your batteries. You likely run your engine or generator on a regular basis anyway to travel, to make hot water or to charge you batteries. Since you'll be running it anyway, you might as well fill up your water tanks.
Can I run my watermaker in harbors or anchorages?
There is a common misconception that watermakers cannot be used in harbors or anchorages because the water may be dirty or have a lot of silt and organic matter. The only effect this has on your watermaker is that the pre-filters get dirtier and if you are changing them every 6 months, there should be no problem.