Presentation of our Powersurvivor 80-ii water maker

Finally we have received our “new” Powersurvivor 80-ii water maker! We bought it second hand, it has had two owners in the past but has never been installed. It is an older version (the newer one is called Powersurvivor 80E-ii).

It runs on the 12V system, meaning the solar panels, so we don’t have to start the generator or the engine in order to produce water. This is possible since this model reuses energy in a way the most other water makers just waste over a pressure valve. When this is installed Anne-Mon will become a pretty much self-sustained boat (except the diesel, but with our enormous tanks running out of diesel is probably not an issue) and we will be able to sail to distant shores.

If you want to read more about the other equipment we got for our sailboat so far, click on the link HERE, or navigate to Cost & Information -> Sailboat Equipment. 

powersurvivor 80-ii watermaker
Our Powersurvivor 80-ii water maker 🙂 From the left; the main pump, chemicals in the bottom, on the top of the picture is the osmosis filter, below the osmosis filter we have some extra pre-filters and below them is the pre-filter housing , to the rightmost side in the picture is the salinity monitor. On thing that is missing is high pressure hoses, which we will have to buy.

Below in the blog post you can read some more about our thoughts about installing the water maker, but first lets tell what more we did last weekend after our sail.

When we got back from our weekend sail to Lådna we stayed at the boat for a while to do some work. First thing we did was to finish our hot water system, the only thing left to do was to put the expansion tank to the engine cooling system in position. Our water heater is located higher than the engine and that is why we needed to add the expansion tank to raise the cooling level. That was necessary to be able to heat our water heater without adding an extra circulation pump.

We have mentioned it earlier but our water heater is extended with a beer keg for extra volume, which we have added some extra isolation on.

An old picture of the water heater under the sofa in the galley, before we added insulation. To the left is the water heater and to the right is a small fuel tank for the diesel stove heater. Beneath the water heater and the small fuel tank we have one of our water tanks.
A picture from this winter when we had the beer keg water heater out to isolate it.

We put the expansion tank for the engine in position and tried it, but at first it didn’t work. The issue was that it was very difficult to bleed the hoses going to the heater.

We had to empty the cooling system and change the position of the bleeding valve to be able to get the system up and running.  After change the valve position we filled up the system, bled it ant it was up and running. We now have hot water production when we run the engine 🙂

Standard boatwork position? Emptying the cooling system to be able to change the point of bleeding. 

After we were finished we continued with trying to figure out how we want to have the fresh water system with our new water maker and a solution for the holding tank. Lets start with the fresh water system:

We have 3 water tanks in total, approximately 350 liters (92 gallons) in total (picture of how our tanks are located can be found under About/The Boat ). Our idea is that we want to separate one of the tanks to be used to fill water when running the water maker, as a kind of production tank. The other two tanks will be service tanks. Whenever necessary the service tanks will be filled up with the newly made water from the production tank. This way if the water from the water maker should be contaminated in some way, it won’t contaminate the entire fresh water system. The water will also be kept in motion by having this system.

Our ideas for the holding tank is to weld our own tank that fits in one of the cabinets in the bathroom. We will pump from the toilet up and into the holding tank. It will be possible to empty the tank from deck and by gravity to the sea. In Sweden it is law that all boats with toilet needs a holding tank, and it is not allowed to empty them in the ocean within 12 nautical miles from the coast. Do far, we haven’t used our toilet yet, since the thru-hull is stuck and we don’t have a holding tank. But there is also a lot of places to empty holding tanks in Stockholm archipelago. When leaving Sweden this might be different, at least that’s what we read. We will probably have to empty at sea, since there are few places to empty the holding tanks properly. A holding tank seems like a good investment anyway, so that we don’t have to drop black water near the coasts, at beautiful anchorages or in harbors, and we will be able to empty it properly whenever possible.

This weekend we have other things planned, so no boatwork for us. But we will still continue thinking about how to solve the water system and for the holding tank. We are also trying to find a new furling genoa, but no luck so far on the second hand market.

Fixing our fresh water system

During the weekend we worked on the boat, and next up on the to-do list was to get the fresh water on our sailboat up and running. We had started last weekend to change some hoses and when all of them were changed it was time to fill up the tanks. Since we can’t fill up water where we have the boat right now we took a little sailing trip to find water.

Sailing to Stavsnäs to fill up the water tanks, Thomas parents joined us for the sail.

We sailed to Stavsnäs, had some lunch and filled up the tanks. Before filling up the tanks we added a couple of pills that would get rid of any bacteria growing in the tanks.

We used these pills to clean the inside of the water tanks.

These pills should be left in the tank at least six hours and then you empty the tanks. We wanted to do this since we haven’t opened the tanks and they haven’t been used in over 10 years. We sailed back and let the pills clean the tanks during the night.

Sailing back with full water tanks.

During the sail an old damage in our furling headsail got worse and a new one has gone from the wish-list to need-list. Hopefully we find a good second hand one, a new one is way to expensive for us.

The damage in the furling head sail.

The following day we started to empty the tanks, after we had fixed all leakages in the system. Some of them are temporary fixed, for example a hot water pipe to the shower which is broken and needs to be changed. We plugged it right now so the fresh water system can run without any leakages.

We reused the old fresh water pump, which seems to work fine.

Going over the fresh water pump and mounting the final hoses so that we could start the fresh water pump.
Temporary installed fresh water pump and water filter.
Fresh water system working! 🙂

Since we have emptied the tanks completely we also need to sail back and fill them so that we can start using the fresh water, but at least the system is working right know.

We have also found a second hand watermaker which we bought yesterday! 🙂 It will definitely make our sailing adventure easier, not being dependent on water. But more about the watermaker later.

Electrical system work

The autumn has arrived early in Sweden and the entire weekend there has been some rain, so instead of going sailing we worked with the boat. Most of the work this weekend has been focused on getting electricity to more functions. We will redo the entire electrical system on the boat, even though some of it where connected when buying the sailboat, the boat has been left alone for over 10 years so some of it needs to be changed anyway. We also want to have good knowledge of our electrical system so that if (or when) something breaks we can easily fix it, because we have made the electrical system ourselves.

The first thing we did was to mount two more of the solar panels we bought.

Adding Sikaflex to position two more solar panels.
Weights on until the Sikaflex has hardened.

Now we only have two more solar panels to position onto the deck. We haven’t installed the final two yet since we don’t have everything to do that at the moment. It has been ordered and when it arrives we can connect some more solar panels and make our batteries happy!

Drilling a hole for the instrument for the solar panels.
In position. Next to the solar panel instrument we have a multi instrument that shows depth, speed etc. And above them the radar is supposed to be. Not so much charging today, due to all the clouds.

Next up was to continue with the electrical system. The only function we have finished from before is the electricity for the engine, navigational instrument and to the refrigerator. Now we continued with other functions. As we have mentioned earlier we have a substation for our electrical system, located in the bathroom. This means that we don’t have to pull every cable to the main station in the stern which makes the work easier for us.

The electrical substation in the bathroom.
electrical system sailboat
More cables to be pulled.

During the weekend we connected electricity to the electrical substation,  the lanterns, the sea water pump and the deck lights for the main mast. All of the later functions go via the substation.

We also started changing the hoses for the freshwater system. Next weekend we might try to fill up the water tanks to see how dirty they are and continue to get our fresh water system working.

Changing the hoses for the fresh water system.

Next weekend we will probably continue with the electrical system and work with the rig. If the weather is good we might also take a little sailing tour.

Will also try to update the pages under Cost & Information with the most recent Renovation costs and information and add some information under Equipment (currently empty) so don’t forget to check those out in a couple of days.