Re: Canadian sailing + heating ?
Had bulkhead oil fired on a Tayana- always made me nervous- fire and burn hazard. (Wood would be worse dirty and risk of bringing bugs into the boat. Wood takes up room so hard in a small boat). Stack sucked the warm air out of boat. Most heat was radiant. Ends of boat still cold. New ones have separate intake from deck. Solves some problems. Still makes me nervous underway. Some won't work beyond a limited angle of heel.
Have espar on the PSC. -Works great. Can control degree of heat. Uses very little fuel. Furnace in port cockpit locker so takes up very little room.
Have Webasto hydroponic on the new boat. - same comfort as a dirt house. Also very efficient. Can have separate zones.
Think being warm is a safety issue. When cold make poor decisions. Hard to work the boat. Having a good dodger is key. Need someplace to be on deck and out of the wind.
Realize espar/webasto etc. use electricity. The draw is small but needs to be added to your daily use formula
Last edited by outbound; 03-29-2013 at 09:42 PM.