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Stephen and Lu Ann Yoder

update: The Spectra factory doesn't do direct sales and directed me to the sales rep for the Pacific Northwest (since that's where I am). I talked to Larry Scildwachter at Emerald Harbor Marine in Seattle. He was pretty vague on what to expect discount-wise. Said that he'd have to consult with the factory. He did say that if only one or two of us make a purchase that he'd at least give us the boat show sale price along with a 'goodie bag' of spare filters, etc. One time he mentioned that if enough of us were interested the discount could approach factory price (I assume that means his cost).

Larry suggested that I get a conversation started to see who was interested and to get questions answered. He seems very knowledgable about watermakers and is happy to talk about them. He just doesn't like to answer the same question over and over. He usually gets potential buyers together in a room and get a conversation going. I told him that would be impractical here due to geography but we could use the discussion board as our 'room'.

His suggestion for smaller Westsails and BCCs (I mentioned the bleed-over from here to the BCC group) was the Ventura Deluxe without the electronic control panel. This is a 6.3 gph unit that you turn on manually, test the product with a handheld TDS meter and, when it meets specs, valve it to your water tank. The $2400 add-on MPC-5000 controller takes care of starting and stopping, testing and revalving, all at the push of a button. He said this is great for cruisers who spend weeks at a time off their boats exploring inland, etc. because it has an automatic circuit which precludes the need for pickling and unpickling each time you leave or return, but not necessary for cruisers who spend most of their time on their boats.

Anyway, any questions you'd like to have Larry answer?


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