Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: BC's Sunshine Coast
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So, one of my issues is should I buy a vanilla boat with no heater and, if so, what heater do I choose? Or should I just get a boat with a heater and, if so, should it be diesel or propane? Or should I buy propane and replace it with diesel? I can't seem to find a boat with a diesel heater so the option of replacing a diesel with propane hasn't presented itself.
I see that no-one has mentioned the Wallas Marin stoves. I have a two-burner with a fan-equipped lid that turns it into a heater. Keeps my 26-footer toasty warm in winter. It has a ceramic top and an enclosed (airtight) combustion chamber, and the vent hose runs aft to the stern. You get a brief amount of diesel odour when it starts - opening the companionway seems to take care of that - but otherwise produces no odour inside the cabin. At $2800 CDN the initial outlay is significant, but the operating costs are low. I think Wallas also produces a version with an oven.
Albin 7.9 "Catharsis" - moored in Whiskey Slough, Pender Harbour