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Re: need help with water heater
There are higher quality (more expensive) all Stainless Steel heaters that might last longer, but I think the bigger issue is the generally lower running temp of RWC engine and the increased difficulty of putting the heater coil in the water circuit, depending on the engine.
We have H&C water, and a 'shower' in the head but we virtually never use it. Solar shower bags work great in summer, you can hang them down the hatch and still use the inside shower space if you must (we don't, don't want the added humidity and moisture below - the reason we don't use the official shower as well). I suppose it would be a different story if we lived aboard in cooler weather.
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