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Espar D8 Installation

I have a used espar D8 unit that I want to install on my sailboat, but I need all the associated parts (only have the unit itself) and some serious info to do a DIY install. Ocean Option quoted us over $3k for install and I don't think our budget can take that. Any advice, guides, photos, or parts lists? Thanks!
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Which OO? The one in Annapolis is really bad. For Espar (or Webasto) work around Annapolis talk to Annapolis CruisAir.

Read the directions and get the install kit - it is a reasonable DIY job. Be sure to get the drain for the exhaust - it's an extra part.
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It would probably help to say what boat you have as well as where you plan to install it... someone may have installed the Espar D8 on the same boat and might be able to give you some very boat specific help.
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I talked to both the OO in Annapolis and the one in Newport. I called Annapolis Crusair, but no one technical was in so the receptionist said they'd call me back. I will call again Monday if I don't hear back. I've also called a few other boat yards in our area for quotes.

We plan to install it on a Cal34 in the port lazarette (ours only has a quarterberth on the starboard side) and most likely run the air duct forward on the boat through the top of the port storage shelves.
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Your installation plan looks reasonable for a Cal 34 based on Googling the arrangements.

Annapolis Cruisair is a family business, two brothers and their sons are out working most of the time. The three ladies in the office are pretty knowledgeable, but the do know what they don't know. Brian's (the head guy) son is the best Espar guy.

I'll be happy to share my OO horror stories (apparently I learn slowly) if you are interested, but I'd rather not type it all out again. PM me your phone number and I'll give you a call to share my tales of woe.
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I found that OO options in Rhode Island were very knowledgeable and did a great job - but they certainly were not cheap!. I would imagine that your installation would be pretty straightforward (ours was quite complex) so I would tackle it after checking out a few installs to get some ideas. A D8 will give you tons of heat in a 34 footer.
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