David & Jo—
I have a question for you—what kind of inboard do you have on your boat. If you already have a diesel engine, with diesel fuel tanks, it probably makes more sense to go with a diesel heater. They're pretty reliable nowadays, and should be more than capable of heating your boat. One word of warning with diesel heaters. They don't like to just sit around... they tend to have far more maintenance issues if they're just sitting rather than actually being used IIRC, YMMV. BTW, I do like the Espar heaters that TB mentioned above.
IMHO, Propane heaters are generally not externally vented, like the Espar, and will often lead to condensation and moisture build-up problems. I also think that diesel is a safer fuel than propane.
That said, regardless of whether you go diesel or propane, you will want a good CO detector. If you go with a propane unit, get a good propane detector with a connection to the propane solenoid as well.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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