Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Three seasons ago, I engaged Ocean Options with hopes of refurbishing the 20+ year old Espar 3DL diesel heater, originally equipped with my boat. The system worked during the survey and sea trial, but quit shortly after. The fan would cycle on, but the furnace would not ignite.
I made a number of posts with an online Nauticat Owner's group and after receiving some experienced - first-hand replies, concluded with a short list of probable causes. Either the control module was at fault, glow-plug needed replacing, or excess carbon created faulty starts, forcing the system to automatically shut down.
At the time, my boat was on the hard during the winter after purchase at another boat yard, just after having the bottom barrier-coated. A Nonsuch 30, parked adjacent to my boat, was owned and worked on by Ed Hamilton, sales and service manager of Ocean Options. Upon making his acquaintance, he convinced me to either have his techs come to the boat to diagnose the problem, or I could disconnect the harness, metering pump, thermostat and furnace, then bring the whole system into the facility in Tiverton, RI for testing. I thanked him for his time and said I would do so.
After the next winter, I decided to finally take him up on his suggestion. Fortunately, the office and shop were only a couple miles from the marina, so I brought it down. Conclusion - the control module was fried and a new one was worth over $800. The 3DL was phased out and replaced by the new 4D Airtronic - but retailed at well over $2k. However, some new 3DL parts were available - still, no guarantee this would solve the problem.
Ed eventually gave me a deal on a relatively new 4DL, (less than 50 hours) that was just removed from a customer's sailboat after deciding to go hydronic (allergies). I ended up picking up a whole new system for a great price - after Ed came to my boat and gave me very good instruction for a DIY installation, then made a list of parts I needed. Much of the ductwork, intake and exhaust outlets, and the 6 registers were reused - everything else was new.
I installed the new system, but they still gave me a year's warranty on parts. The system started right up and has been outstanding ever since - extremely efficient and very comfortable heat. I highly recommend Ocean Options for all Espar parts and service.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Last edited by TrueBlue; 01-09-2008 at 08:15 PM.