Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Washington state
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Re: Hi Seas 100-C diesel heater manual and wick?
Thanks Newhaul and Denise for your help....much appreciated.
Bud at Westsail Parts was kind enough to send a scan of the Hi-Seas manual...absolutely essential, so if someone else needs the info please feel free to contact me and I will pass it along electronically :-).
As far as the wick goes, mine is intact but not in great shape. Conferred with Miles at The Wick Shop about it. I'm going to disassemble the Hi-Seas again, get some pics of the wick and accurate measurements, and send them along to him. He uses the very best materials and it sounds like he can make an excellent, robust replacement vaporizing wick for the 100-C heater...and at a very reasonable cost IMHO. I'll test one to confirm performance and then he'll add them to his inventory list. EXCELLENT NEWS for other Hi-Seas owners!
As far as the metering valve goes, if someone else has one of these heaters and can't get it to work, just about any generic valve can be mounted. As long as the burner isn't completely corroded there's no reason not to return a Hi-Seas heater to service...since it looks like (hopefully) a replacement wick will be available in the near future.
If a person takes the short time to learn how to properly set-up and operate a wick heater they will likely find them preferable to the "pot-burners" currently on the market....simple, safe, and very good performers. Probably lots of these out there in storage because no parts, ie: wicks, were available. I see them go real cheap on craigslist now and then in the pacific northwest.
I need to fabricate a damper for mine and find a charlie noble and associated pipe and caps for the installation but am looking forward to the overnight warmth during winter sailing.
I will post on the new wick and how it performs after installation. As I mentioned, if anyone else has a Hi-Seas give me a shout and I'll be happy to pass along any info I have acquired.
Newhaul: I used to keep my Cheoy Lee at Everett. Split my time on either side of the Cascades now. My little Electra MORC sloop is on the hard in a barn near Sultan at the moment. She'll be back on the water soon. Actually was considering getting on the list for Kingston Marina...seemed like real nice folks the last time I was there as a transient and I liked the idea of stepping off the ferry and right into the marina.