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Dickenson makes quite a nice bulkhead mounted propane fired "fireplace" - two models 9000 btu and 12000 btu. Complete around $1000 for the larger. They include a fan that helps efficiency a lot, but won't move heated air around like the Espar/Webasto type. On the plus side, though, they are fully vented and safe to use and much quieter (esp for your slip neighbour - Espar exhausts can be quite noisy) Unlike other cabin mounted heaters there are no byproducts of combustion into the cabin space, and no odor either.
At 38 feet the larger version would be just adequate, depending on your plans/cruising area.
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