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Old 11-18-2010
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Dickinson newport propane heater opinions ?

Last year I headed north into BC during the summer. Lots of rain and butt cold. The only heater I had on board was a Mr. Heater which is not recommended and indeed was inadequate. What I need aboard my 30' islander is a heater that can dry out the cabin in these conditions. Folks used to say that propane heat dampens the cabin. This can't still be true with the direct vent where all combustible air comes from and exits outside the cabin. Or can it ? I've been looking at Dickinson. Opinions ??
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Dickinson's are good units just need to mount according to installation instructions preferably as low as you can safely in the boat. the moisture people talk about is in the exhaust gasses that are vented outside. if you have the diesel inboard i would seriously consider the diesel unit instead of the propane unit. unless you already have propane appliances on the boat.
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Had one with the built in fan on a Catalina 320 and it heated the large saloon and galley area well but didn't do much for the fore and aft berths or the head. As mentioned with the dual I/O flue there is NO moisture issue.
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Love ours... attractive, effective and safe.. my only beef is the noise of the fan. Much more efficient with high fan speeds, but too noisy to abide the racket if you're below.
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Love ours as well - warm, cozy and yes, the fan on high is loud. But - we seldom need it on high to heat our Irwin Citation 34.



Installation pics at: Love ours as well - warm, cozy and yes, the fan on high is loud. But - we seldom need it on high to heat our Irwin Citation 34.

Installation pics at:Love ours as well - warm, cozy and yes, the fan on high is loud. But - we seldom need it on high to heat our Irwin Citation 34.

Installation pics at: http://irwincitation34.wikispaces.com/Fireplace

I have lots more pics if you need them.

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