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Re: Removing Hot Water Heater

I removed the water heater from my Pearson 28 shortly after I bought it. It was plumbed to the inboard diesel. A relatively simple removal, it

1. greatly increased my access to a part of the boat that was previously inaccessible
2. gave me more storage space in the cockpit locker
3. eliminated a source of water into the bilge
4. eliminated some more complicated plumbing
5. removed a considerable amount of weight near the stern
6. and simplified the plumbing system.

To each his own. Having a pressurized hot water cockpit shower on a 28' sailboat was inconsistent with my intended use of the boat as a daysailor and coastal cruiser. A decent shower takes a considerable amount of water, more than I am willing to carry and/or use for such an extravagance on a small boat. Salt water bucket baths or a plunge into the water are an acceptable substitute for me until I can reach a shower in a marina.

I have yet to regret the decision to remove it.

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