Testimonials - AC Powered Watermakers
“After six months of research, I finally found the water maker that suited our requirements for use on our cruising catamaran. We required minimum power usage for a 240 Volt AC unit, which could be driven by our Honda 2 KVA generator and from our 1800 Watt pure sine wave inverter (while travelling).”
SY “My Dream”
“In 2000 we purchased an ECHOTec AC Watermaker and could not ask for a more dependable piece of gear on the boat. I have not kept track of how much water we have produced, but would guess it is around 10 to 15 thousand gallons. After four years I had to replace the high pressure seals in the pump but other than this the recommended regular maintenance has been sufficient to upkeep a highly productive desalination system.
Water making with the 500AML-1 is so easy; we wash down the boat after long passages, shower, do laundry on the boat, and always have full water tanks.
Throughout our travels through the Caribbean, we have been proud to recommend ECHOTec Watermakers. We’d like to thank you for a superb product well used and appreciated.”
SV “Phoenix X “
“Just a short note, to let you know how delighted we are with our new ECHOTec 390-AML-1 water maker. The installation was very straightforward due to the great technical advice given by you when required. The output of the system is fantastic and the amount of power required to run it is well below my expectations. This will totally transform our cruising life. We are now ready to go as far away as we can without ever having to worry about fresh water. Once again, thanks for all the fantastic telephone support.”
Robert & Sylvia
“Hi Guys, Since you installed the AC driven 900-AML-2 the unit has performed faultlessly.
The indicated minimum output of 38 gallons per hour at 800-850psi is conservative and in fact production in my installation is around 40 gph at only 800 psi. So far the statistics are very impressive: 350 running hours without problems (except for an easily remedied small leak) and a production of 14000 gallons of very good water.
The reason for choosing an ECHO Tec. water maker is the well thought-out simplicity of the system, the rugged components that are used and the availability on site of knowledgeable technicians, along with a competitive price.
In the last 4 months I took in water in a marina only twice and that was because we couldn’t run the watermaker in polluted marina water. I find the combination genset/watermaker very well matched: the diesel engine of the genset (a Fischer-Panda 6.5) needs a bigger load than just charging batteries and this is supplied by the requirements of the watermaker, and the watermaker itself likes to run frequently. Running the genset one hour every day (with a little help from the wind generator) charges the batteries to run the fridge, freezer, lights and so on and produces 40 gallons of water.
I have recommended ECHOTec to many cruising friends and would not hesitate to do so again to anyone interested in a reliable, efficient and economical watermaker made by an established company that in addition offers a comprehensive and helpful after sales service.”
SV “El Oro”
“Having the Echotec 260-DML-1 on board and functioning superbly was of great assistance to our efforts during the Newport to Bermuda Race.
SY “White Gold”
“Just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our new watermaker and the service we have received from your company. Thanks to everybody for their help and patience and prompt service. We will certainly recommend you to others.”
Jim and Paula
“Just to give you some feedback on our watermaker, I must say that I am really impressed with the unit. Having a fair amount of experience with RO units, although normally much larger than this one, I am surprised at the quietness of it. It runs much quieter than expected.
“We installed an ECHOTec Watermaker three years ago knowing we would be cruising in remote areas of South East Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Borneo, where it would be difficult to contact suppliers or get parts or help and where the water supplies are notoriously unreliable. Therefore we wanted a system that worked, had utmost reliability and no need to get supplies, parts or help from supplier.
Chris and Dianne White
After one year in use, I can confirm that ECHOTec was the right choice for our Island Packet 380. The 12V-unit produces a vast amount of freshwater with minimal (service) effort. We particularly appreciate that we can get competent and fast support directly from the manufacturer – even a year after the purchase. We highly recommend this watermaker.
The Habibi Crew
“Since 3 years we have an ECHOTec installed like most cruisers we know. After more than 25.000 liters produced, we as well as all our friends have no problems with our desalination system. Therefore, we have decided to use an ECHOTec 260-DML-1 again on our new project: The 100% solar-powered catamaran “Solarwave”, without sails and any fossil fuel.”
“I have had 3 watermakers on different yachts over the years and I know that I need a robust, simple and efficient machine. My Echotec 260-DML-1 is all those things. In recent voyages to the Louisiades, the Solomons, New Caledonia and Vanuatu, I have enjoyed reliable, easily made water. In the Solomons, where the sea water is very warm, I was getting a litre a minute from my 260-DML-1! I had a couple of queries when installing the unit and was greatly helped by Peter from Blue Sea Machines. I unreservedly recommend both his service and the product.”
“We upgraded many systems on our 10.8m sloop Tryphena for our trip from the east coast to the Kimberley.
“Just dropping you a quick note to thank you guys for the watermaker. It is working really well. We are presently in Ios in the Greek Islands and since we have left Split in Croatia, we have only used the Watermaker to fill our Tank. The water is very nice to drink and has no salinity or cloudiness. It makes 50 litres per hour for as long as we need it to and we are very pleased with it.”
John and Shelly Colebourne
“After 8 years experience with our ECHOTec watermaker on “Lindisfarne”, we chose an ECHOTec 260-DML-1 for our next boat “Moon”.”
“During our circumnavigation, so far we produced more than 40.000 Liter of good quality water and are really happy with the system. We are glad to have chosen a 12V driven watermaker which produces the needed water from our solar panels and wind generator.
“Our watermaker was such a flawless system, and it produced so much water so effortlessly, that it quickly became our favorite piece of equipment on the boat! We showed it off to countless other cruisers, and we luxuriated in plentiful water throughout our cruise, happily washing our snorkeling gear, our dinghy, our kayak, our boat’s decks and cockpit, and ourselves.
“As a charter boat doing trips in Patagonia and Antarctica, we were looking for the simplest watermaker that could be easily maintained even at the end of the world. After long research, we found Echotec most suitable.
“I have installed a 500-BML-1, 20 gallon per hour engine mount ECHOTec watermaker 6 years ago…and it is the best.”
When we asked Ray if we may upload his unsolicited testimonial he answered:
SV “First Light III”
“We are into our second year cruising aboard FIRST LIGHT III. We have travelled over 12,000 miles, cruising Tasmania, western Pacific islands, Indonesia and Malaysia. I installed an ECHOTec 900-BML-2 engine driven unit before departing and it has reliably provided ample water for all our needs.
We have cruised in company with other yachts that don’t have watermakers and it has made us appreciate the freedom we have by not having to cruise from one water supply to the next, not having to ration water and not having to lug heavy water containers often containing water of unknown quality. We often reflect on the systems we have installed on the yacht and rank them based on their value to our cruising life. We consistently rank our watermaker a close second, just behind the autopilot!”
Bernie & Dianne McGoldrick
SY “Queen of Hearts”
“The reason for choosing an ECHO Tec. water maker is the well thought-out simplicity of the system, the rugged components that are used and the availability on site of knowledgeable technicians, along with a competitive price.
In our installation we are only using one pre-filter, without a booster pump for the feed water. A second filter with a carbon filter element is used for flushing the system with fresh water after every production cycle. The flushing takes about 5 minutes (including the back flushing of the pre-filter) and is quite simple to carry out.
John Van Logchem
SY “Beau Geste”
“Thank you for all your help and service with the Echotec belt driven water maker. We do races all of the world with Beau Geste and your system has been great. We always struggled with other watermakers; they did not keep up with our needs. I would recommend your system to anyone. It is easy to install yourself and to maintain. Thanks again.”
“I bought an ECHOTec watermaker 3 years ago, installed it myself (easy) and fired it up. It has worked perfectly, with absolutely no problem at all every day since (we are not marina people). I can truly say that this is the best watermaker I have ever had and I never hesitate even a second to recommend it to anyone and everyone.”
SY “Sherry Suzanne”
“We have been living aboard and cruising in the Caribbean since 1995. During that period, we have replaced most of the original equipment that came with the boat. Our experience has been that few of these items, regardless of price, perform exactly as advertised. The one clear exception to this is our ECHOTec watermaker.
“About a year ago, I purchased an Echotec engine-driven watermaker 500-BML-1 (20 gph) for my Spencer 44 ketch, “Candine”. We have now safely crossed the Pacific, and enjoyed Mexico, the Marquesas, Tuamotu, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, and are now en route to New Zealand.
The Echotec watermaker has performed flawlessly. In fact, I have relied on it to fill my tanks 100% of the time, and never had to take on water anywhere. I have made thousands of gallons in the past year and have had not a single problem so far.
I have recommended it to many cruisers, especially those I see hauling water jugs in their dinghy, or waiting at the customs office to clear more spare parts for your competitors’ brands. It is one of the few systems on board that I have not had to fix or modify in some way. It was easy to install, easy to operate and simple to maintain, and best of all, it provides refreshing, crystal clear water.
Thank you for a superior product. “
“You installed a modular engine driven system in my Peterson 44, Endymion. It has worked wonderfully ever since.
SV “Nauti Dog”
“Hi Darryl and Michael,
You guys are the best and fantastic at helping people with courteous, prompt, and accurate service. That’s a combination that I don’t think I’ve seen anywhere else in the Caribbean. Well done, and thanks again, you can be assured that I regularly praise you guys in the cruising world (as do your other cruising customers). Can’t say enough good things, and never heard a negative opinion.”