As a Cruiser Owned Company, we love hearing from fellow cruisers about their water maker installation.  Our best advertising isn't a $1500 glossy magazine advertisement that just drives up our overhead and water maker costs, but rather satisfied clients that are telling others about us in marinas and anchorages throughout the cruising fleet.  While planning your water maker installation, it's also handy to check out how other cruisers have performed their installs. 

SV Let It Be a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Catamaran
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker Owner Installation Photos
Link to Frank's Website about the Install Project

SV Magnolia a 1990 Morgan Center Cockpit
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker Owner Installation Photos
Water maker was installed under the V-berth
Link to Anthony's Blog about the Install Project

SV JolyDogs a Seawind 1160 38ft Catamaran
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker Owner Installation Photos
Water maker was installed in the starboard aft cabin hanging locker

SV SeaSwift a 35ft Sanoe Stern Southern Cross
SeaMaker 20 Water Maker Installation

"Hello Rich,

I am writing to make certain you know I am very pleased with the installation and performance of my Cruisers RO SeaMaker 20 water maker! SV SeaSwift is a 35' canoe stern Southern Cross and the flexibility of the component design helped me fit the unit to the space my boat would allow. Thank you so much for making the experience a great one.  After years of seeing other cruisers struggle with their ineffective, complex, overly expensive, high maintenance water makers I'm so glad I chose Cruiser RO to get the job done.

Your great service and availability to answer questions even on weekends is second to none!"

                                                                                                                                     Highest regards,
                                                                                                                                   Barry Bartholomew
                                                                                                                                        SV SeaSwift

SV Reach a Manta 40 Catamaran
SM30 Water Maker Installation
Owner Installed in the Guatemala
Link to SV Reach Blog about the Installation

After a few years of cruising with a low output 12v DC water maker, Mark decided it was time to upgrade to a 120v AC high output water and chose our SM30.  Mark confirmed our premise that cruisers with 12v DC low volume water makers often need to run their generators to have enough battery power to run them for enough time to meet their fresh water needs.  Once you have to run an AC 120V generator to power a low output 12v DC water maker, it just makes sense by the numbers to make as much water as possible per hour using 120v AC.  Not only is our 30 gallon per hour water maker less expensive than a 8 GPH 12v DC water maker to purchase, now you can make water every few days rather than needing to make water daily to keep up with showers and a more comfortable level of water usage that as we say, "lets you go Cruising rather than Camping".

1998 Grand Banks Classic Power Boa
A SeaMaker 20 Simple water maker installation
Owner Installed in South Carolina

I had originally considered putting together my own watermaker from off the shelf parts purchased here and there over the internet, but really, when I ran the tally on what all the components would end up costing, it was a no-brainer, your unit was not a whole lot more expensive and when your help in assembly and service was factored in, it was really a no brainer.


SV Eleutheria
Tartan 37
Owner Installed and then off to Mexico they go!
Link to SV Eleutheria Cruising Blog

The owner Lewis placed the entire unit, except the remote control panel in his starboard cockpit locker and did a good job of using the dead space up in his cockpit coaming. 

SV Antipodes
Beneteau First 47.7
Owner Installed in Adelaide South Austraila

SV Somewhere
Jeanneau 54DS
Owner Installed and now Cruising the Caribean

"I cannot say enough about CruiseRO and the customer service they provide. I installed a sea maker 40 in my Jeanneau 54DS and upon startup I noticed I had a feed problem to the high pressure pump. I contacted Rich and he put me in touch with his partner Charlie. Charlie asked for all the water line run lengths and built a mockup of my system. He discovered I needed a larger output low pressure feed pump and 3/4" feed lines. He obtained the new pump and installed it in his mockup to ensure it would work before shipping to me. I then received an overnight package with everything needed to install the new pump. Everything was labeled as to where it was to be installed in the system. After two hours I was making water. This is one incredible company."

                                                                                                                                                   s/v Somewhere
                                                                                                                                            Jim Cruising the Caribbean

SV Papillon
Slocum 43
Owner Installed SeaMaker 20 Watermaker in La Paz, Mexico
Link to SV Papillon Blog

"Cranked it up to 800 and in one of the saltiest seas on earth- the Sea of Cortez- I hit about 28 gph! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
The access to basically all of the fresh water we would ever need is one more line releasing us from shore life and while it isn't the cheapest thing we will ever do for the boat, it is certainly one of the most valuable."

                                                                                                                                                    SV Papillon
SV Eagle
Freeport Islander
Upgraded their 12v Little Wonder to a SeaMaker 20 in the Bay of Los Angeles in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico after finding they needed more water and a more efficient way to make it.
Link to SV Eagle Blog about their Water Maker Buying Decision

"The SeaMaker 20 is a water maker that will make 20 gallons Per Hour, and is designed to run off of our Honda generator. And is $1000 less than the Village Little Wonder that we currently have [and are replacing]. We have found that we are running the Honda pretty much every time we make water, so why not make 4 times as much water, use 25% of the gasoline, and listen to generator running (even if the Honda is incredibly quiet) way less! The SeaMaker 20 was exactly what we are looking for."

Tom Brown
                                                                                                                                 SV Eagle

SV Wings
1984 Passport 40
Owner Installed SeaMaker 20 Watermaker in La Paz, Mexico
Link to SV Wings Blog

"Rich, you have been the best. These are poor words for the help that I've received, but thank you. You might as well have been leaning over my shoulder the whole time, giving me a pat of confidence and good advice.  I think that if you had been able, you would have reached through Skype to hold a wrench or point to a connector.  

Ours is not a large boat, so every cubic centimeter of space was already filled with useful gear.  We had to re-purpose a single hanging locker for the installation, requiring that the installation be very compact.  Never the less, we were able to accomplish the task.  Within twenty minutes of first startup, we had 23.5 gallons/hour at 159 TDS of good freshwater filling our water tanks.  It was an impressive display of engineering.

With great enthusiasm I recommend Cruise RO water makers to anyone.  They can be installed by almost anyone with some tools and the willingness to try.  Rich is there for all of the questions that might arise and are not covered in the manual. 

                                                                                                                                                William Ennis                                                                                                                                                    SV Wings


SV Kaleo
34ft 1984 Aloha Sloop
Blog about the SeaMaker 20 Water Maker installation with photos:
Link to SV Kaleo Blog

Matt is smiling as he brings the SeaMaker 20 water maker modules aboard SV Kaleo, knowing that his wife Christie will soon be able to take all the fresh water showers she wants!

"We didn’t leave the dock with a watermaker, we quickly learned that having one meant the difference between camping and a more comfortable life aboard.

The greatest feature of having a Cruise RO watermaker is independence from constantly running it. Producing 20 GPH means that we run the watermaker for about two to three hours, twice a week.

If we had a 12-volt watermaker, we’d need to run it four to five hours at least four times a week just to keep up with usage, let alone stockpile."

Matt and Christie             
SV Kaleo                   

SV Blue Bonnett
1971 Morgan OI 41 Ketch
SeaMaker 20 Water Maker Owner Installed

"Dear Rich

I want to thank you for all your help with my Cruise RO Water SeaMaker 20 water maker.  We assumed our only option was a 12v water maker but they were more expensive and could only produce a disappointing 6-8 gallons.  We determined that with a 2000 watt inverter we could make water while underway and with the little Honda 2000 genset we had ample power to make water at anchor.  I had always heard that watermakers were a pain to maintain and operate but with easy to read well laid out instructions it is a breeze.  I love my water maker and the 21 gal per hour that it actually produces fills my tanks quickly with the best water I have ever tasted.

A product is only as good as the service behind it. I  have never had better service on anything, and the peace of mind that comes with the ability to just pick up the phone when I have a question is a fantastic value."

                                                                                                                                                                Nick Chiappini
                                                                                                                                                                SV Blue Bonney

SV GlobalHopper
46ft Foutaine Pajot Catamaran
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker
Owner Installed in Florida


"Rich and the Cruise RO team,

 I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that we produced well over 500 gallons of water at this point.  We have been running the system about every 6 days and running fresh though it every 3 when possible. The controls make it very easy to manage and I hope ensure a long life for our new pet membranes. When UPS dropped off the pile of boxes at the marina that filled the dinghy we laughed and asked what have I gotten us into this time.  But once it was all unpacked and we started following the labels one connection at a time it all started to make sense.  We finished the install in four evenings during our Week of Four Mega-projects, the hardest part was mounting the high pressure pump.  The press-fit plumbing made it very easy plumb in less then an hour after all the units were mounted.  Thanks you for including the pile of 90 degree connectors as we used every single one provided.  Just to let you know we have already made a simple modification to the system that allows us to collect the brine water for making sea salt, since its already nicely filtered.  We've enjoyed the liberation from the high water prices of the Bahamas and Caribbean, and am looking forward to the independence has brought to make our upcoming long passages in the Pacific possible.

 Thank you again for an easy install, we're looking forward to working with you in the future for upgrades and supplies."

Keath and Mikiko          
SV GlobalHopper           

SV Tamara
36ft Cascade
SeaMaker 20 Water Maker
Owner Installed in Mazatlan, Mexico

Tamara's installation put the RO pressure membrane assembly on the ceiling of their quarter berth with the remainder of the components spread between three cockpit lockers, which is the advantage of the modular design.

SV Kool Kat
Leopard 47 Catamaran
SeaMaker 40 Water Maker
Owner Installed in the Caribbean

"My wife Linda and I live full time on our Leopard 47 and determined that our 12-volt water maker did not meet our water usage.  I began researching water makers for price effective larger systems and after searching for several months, I determined that Cruise RO Water provided the best price performance systems.  When I contacted the Cruise RO Water team to discuss some custom configurations, they were very responsive and helpful.  They worked well with me in arranging the shipment of the system to the Caribbean where I installed it on Kool Kat.  All of my emails and telephone calls with technical questions were promptly returned with good, clear answers.  I am very pleased that I chose Cruise RO Water to provide our new system.  We now have all of the water we want and have even installed a washing machine.  I would recommend this product to other cruisers.  Thank you, Rich and Charlie, for all of your assistance during the process.  It was a pleasure working with you,"

John and Linda          
SV Kool Kat             

SV Kool Kat Installation photos            

SV Camille
2001 Hunter 380
Link to their Cruising Blog
SeaMaker 20 Water Maker
Owner installed in San Diego, CA

                                                                               Remote Panel mounted behind Dinette

"We first read about Cruise RO Water on Rich's, owner of Cruise RO Water and Power, cruising blog and we later met him at the Seattle boat show. We liked the idea of buying from a small company whose owners are also cruisers. Cruise RO Water takes good care of their clients and they make thoughtful choices in the parts that go into their systems. Verena and I were also lucky enough to get the grand tour of the impressive R&D room at Cruise RO Water by Rich's business partner Charles, who took great care to answer all of our questions about the system and what to look out for during the installation.

Our decision to purchase a water maker paid dividends on our first week away from the dock. We stopped in Turtle Bay, Mexico, which is literally a desert. We went into town and met the folks anchored next to us. They were rather grim telling us all about the town and the only open restaurant. Then they mentioned how they had tried in vain to find a hot shower. They were told the entire town was on water rations and no showers were being offered.  We saw them later at the dinghy dock with 5 liter jugs of water that the guys at the fuel dock were kind enough to truck for them from the grocery store.

The Cruise RO Water system is very simple to operate. We purchased the SeaMaker 20 water maker and run it from our our Honda generator. During operation we keep the generator on the swim step. It takes only a few twists and turns of the valves to get the system up and running. The weekly process of filling the water tank usually takes 3 to 4 hours. With that we get a better quality of water (lower TDS) than the bottled water we had purchased from the store.

We finally pulled into Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a full tank of water and us freshly showered ready to hit the town. We are very happy with our purchase and equally grateful to the guys at Cruise RO Water. They helped us out every step of the way, from making the right decision on the model to advising us on final installation and troubleshooting. The Cruise RO Water team usually replied to our emails within hours and had fast courteous responses that were accurate and easy to understand."

                                                                                                                                                       Mike & Verena
                                                                                                                                                             SV Camille

MV Ernestly
Navigator 48 Classic Pilothouse 48 foot cruiser
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker
Owner installed in Ensenada, Mexico

"The water maker installation was pretty much by the book, and questions were quickly resolved by the Cruise RO Water team.   The water production rate is beyond the advertized value and the water quality seems excellent.  The system is simple and straight forward to operate and maintain.  The system's simplicity augments its reliability and serviceability affording good purchase price value."

                                                                                                                                              Marvin Sachse
                                                                                                                                               MV Earnestly

SV Magda Jean
Valiant 40
Link to their Cruising Blog
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker
Owner installed in Mazatlan, Mexico

"We love the watermaker and it works great.  In the warm water of Mexico, we are making 36 gallons per hour from our SM30 water maker, at around 265ppm.  Just as good as our faucet water in San Diego!"

                                                                                                                                          Kate and Mike Bird
                                                                                                                                             SV Magda Jean

SV Letitgo
Lagoon 380
Link to SV Letitgo Blog
                                        SM20 Water Maker installed on the bulkhead of the Port Hull

                             "There is no doubt in our mind that Cruise RO Water delivers great service."

                                                                                                                                                      SV Letitgo

Josh and Natasha
Nordhavn 52
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker Owner Installed


MV Discovery
Norhavn 46
Water Maker RO Pressure and Membrane retrofit installed in Ensenada, MX
MV Discovery Blog about Retrofit

"Rich and Charlie use industry standard parts, know what they’re doing, and don't try to rip you off on the price.  The new membranes fit exactly where the old ones were and with the new vessel, metal end caps, and two new hoses there are no leaks! A first for our system. And with the true 40" membranes we're getting 40 gallons per hour water production.  An increase of 8 gallons per hour over the old system."

                                                                                                                                                                     Frank and Linda
                                                                                                                                                                        MV Discovery

SV Adesso
SeaMaker Water Maker


"I commend you for your commitment to your product and your customers.  I had intended on getting a 12 volt watermaker system until talking with you at the boat show. I have never regretted getting an AC system. Many friends run their 12 volt units for several hours to fill the tank, while monitoring/augmenting battery amps. That is a lot of wear on the components for a little water. One friend recently missed an outing with friends in the San Blas Islands because he had to stay aboard and run his 8 gph DC watermaker for several hours to fill his tanks. We did a passage with them, and it seemed that the sound of the watermaker was nearly constant during daylight hours, while underway. I never run mine for more than an hour, getting the amps from the main engine, my Honda generator, or shorepower.  I have made more than 1000 gallons of water so far, with only 37 hours of run time."

                                                                                                                                                                          Lane Scott
                                                                                                                                                                          SV Adesso

SV Wiley
Catalina 36
SeaMaker 30 Water Maker Owner Installed in La Paz, Mexico
The Remote panel was mounted in the galley with the rest of the water maker installed in the port cockpit locker.

MV Maitairoa
Defever 44 Power Boat
Owner Installed in La Paz, Mexico


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