Re: water heater
How many outboard boats have a shower anyway? For dishes it's easy enough to heat up a little water on the stove.
I have a hot water heater (and a shower) on my Pearson 28-2. If it dies I'll remove it. It's nice to have, but takes up a lot of space in the lazarette, complicates the plumbing, and is almost never hot when I'd actually want hot water, so it is rarely used.
I'm no longer participating on SailNet.