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I was trying to get an Isotherm into a tight space and it may not work. has anybody had experience with the Force10 units? SS casing with an aluminum tank.

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I did a replacement with the force 10 just a year or so ago on my FIRST42... One of the reasons for going to the forse 10 was that "kiss solar" and "four winds" in Florida make a duel element unit for heating so I can run the "over-voltage" off my solar & wind generator into the waterheater..
Keeps me warm while out cruising..
Instead of screwing it down, I've used the 3M DUAL-LOCK velcro to hold the unit down...unbelievable how strong that stuf is..... It also gives me an air gap under the unit so if any water gets into the compartmant, it will dry out..
The old unit rotted apart and started leaking.........really had a mess.
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Thanks for the info. Was the old one a Force10? If so, how long did ity last?

Does the Force10 have some sort of mixing valve with a bypass hose required?

As for space, I had planned to add my own 1/4" feet pads using PVC board.

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I was told, by a marine chandlery, that the Force 10 requires a galvanic isolator for the warranty to be valid. You might want to check that out before buying.

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Now that you mention it, ther is some type of by-pass unit on the outside...not sure how it works, but the unit works well..
Dont know what the old unit was.. it was a round, tin can.
On the other side, my brother went to the continues hot-water unit that west marine sells... but his is in a 40 foot power boat with a genset that comes on per demand.....
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I put a Force10 in my boat 5 years ago. This season I found a leaking, corroded hole in the copper inlet, the one fed from the engine's hot raw water line which is used as a supplemental heating coil for the water heater while away from a 110 power source. Unnoticed, this would have filled the bilge with hot saltwater, not the end of the world if the bilge pump kept up, but geez! The galvonic isolator post above has me wondering, since this is a saltwater circuit, but nonetheless, I've got to buy a new water heater now, and it's not going to be a Force10.
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