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Hot water heater plumbed to genset & engine?

We recently re-powered our Formosa 51, and I'm thinking of re-plumbing the hot water heater so that it can be selectively fed from the engine's or the genset's heat exchangers. Currently it's fed from the engine. Has anyone done something similar? It seems it would be a quite simple setup with a couple of diverter valves.

Of course, the electrode is fed from the genset's AC output, but a little extra redundancy is always a good thing in a blue water cruiser...
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I'm curious why you'd like to this. We re-plumbed our 20 gal heater back to the 6 cyl. Perkins so that we'd have warm/hot water when arriving at our destination. Works perfect. But if we're running the gen set-(12.5 Wester) then we just flip the switch for the heater so the genny has more of a load on it. Again, works perfect as well. Unless your a/c heating element is shot. Is yours?............

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