Originally Posted by grevay
My husband and I have a beautiful 1 year old beneteau 43 and were cold last summer sailing in Maine. He purchased a dickenson propane heater and want to install it on the bulkhead. While I'm very excited about the heat, I don't want it to be the focus of my attention, or my guests, when entering the boat. Any other suggestions of where we can safely and practically speaking attach it to? Much thanks!
Yours is a problem I wish I'd had when installing our cabin heater!
As it was, I had to build out a bulkhead to install ours on.
These are very nice "shippy" heaters, with beautiful metalwork and craftsmanship. Most folks consider them an aesthetic improvement to any cabin.
But if you truly don't like the idea of a bulkhead mount, I have seen instances where folks have mounted them down low, often in the passage between the forward end of the salon and the forward cabin. I've also seen them mounted on the forward side of the galley counter area, so that they are at the aft end of the salon (and not within line-of-sight when entering via the companionway).
Some folks even build a tiled "fireplace" area, usually down near the cabin sole (to keep the center of gravity as low as possible.)
But often you will be limited in where you can install the heater based on the ease and availability of making a run for the propane hose. May I suggest that you take pity on your husband if the main bulkhead is the easiest option?
P.S. Welcome to Sailnet!!