Profurl and Water Maker
02 April 2012 | Vineland
I had three must stops on my drive back to home (Canada) from Miami in February The Swap Shop Flea market, Sailor Man (both in Fort Laurdale), and The Sailors Exchange in St. Augustine. I was interested in finding R.O. water maker in need of TLC at good prices. The Flea Market was good for a walk around and a arm full of T-shirts for family and friends at home. Sailor Man's cheapest water maker was $1800.
I day later I was at Sailor Exchange eyes wide open at all the boat bits new and used.
They had a old HRO System 9 with an HP Cat pump and AC motor, electrical control box, 40" membrane housing. The unit was rated for 500 gals per day. Price $200. I thought it might be a bit more of a project than I wanted. As I was about to leave I spotted a complete Profurl roller furling unit, 44 ft. of foil, and manuals. Profurl units are completely re-buildable the bearings and seals are off the shelf items. I spoke with the owner and he wanted $500 for the Profurl and for additional $150 I could have the water maker too. SOLD!!!!!
I have rebuilt the Proful (cost $60 for 2 bearings and 4 lip seals) I will install it this spring on Ocean Dove's inner forestay for the jib stay sail.
The water maker is at the re-design and parts accruement stage.
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