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I am about to purchase a small sailboat (31'') without a heater. I sail Jersey, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake. I don''t mind cool weather (late November has some really great sailing), but would like a headter on board. Looking into either diesel or propane. Anyone have any experiences they can share one way or the other?
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I sail the same area. I have a Webasto (diesel heater) in a 40'' boat. It has proved very capable in all but the coldest of conditions (<20-deg).

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My Nauticat came with the original Espar diesel fired, warm air furnace. Very warm & efficient, but typical with most German designed devices, it''s way over engineered. There are electronic relays & mysterious sealed control boxes regulating all functions and programs.

It is a very high quality system, and the cost as an aftermarket installation is commensurately, very high. Even the thermostat has a machined brass mechanism and complex mechanical/electronic components. Needless to say, I have heard from other owners, that replacement parts and service is costly as well. Hopefully, I will not gain first hand knowledge of this, to support the claim.

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