Features February 2013 Issue

DC Watermakers Head-to-head Test

Spectra Ventura vs. Village Marine Little Wonder

Reverse-osmosis, DC-powered watermakers have been available for use aboard mid-sized cruising sailboats for years, but thanks to new technology, they just keep getting better. Today’s units are more efficient, reasonably compact, and in many cases, modular in design. Practical Sailor recently tested two popular models—new Ventura 200T from Spectra Watermakers Inc. and Racor Village Marine’s Little Wonder (LWM-145)—and rated them for water and construction quality, noise, power consumption, and ease of installation and maintenance. The review also discusses the pros/cons of installing a watermaker on a sailboat, installation and maintenance tips, and whether a watermaker is right for you.

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