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Anyone know anything about wolter LP fired water heaters?
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Since there has been no response yet, I will say I know more about the product''s designer than the product itself. Gerry Wolter has sailed at my lake for about twenty + years. He designed it initially for use on small, outboard powered sailboats, so that they could have instant hot water, like the inboards. I don''t know how others use it, but I have often thought it would also be useful on a larger, inboard boat that has engine-heated water, because you don''t have to run the engine to have hot water. I have never used one, but have heard that they work well and provide instant hot water. The last time I saw one, it was very small in size and was unobtrusively mounted on the transom in the cockpit. They have a piezo electric igniter.
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found it at www.wolterwaterheater.com
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Thanks, found a repairman on the web. He wanted between $200 and $1,000 to fix the unit. I took it down to my local radiator shop and he brazed the two copper pipes which had burst this winter. So much for not draining out the water. He charged me $45.oo. I put the unit back together and this weekend I''ll install and see if she fires up. I contacted a company named Polomo (sp?). She stated the unit was not certified for marine use. Anyone try this type heater?
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Hi, Paloma was used on the Niagara and Nonsuch line of quality boats. They are reliable, but are not automatic. They must be lit manually. They also held up well in the marine environment.
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Thanks for the info G.
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Sail-La-Vie, our Morgan 382 was outfitted with a Wolter 260 by the previous owner. It works well, and the auto ignition/auto shutoff make operation easy. My experiences are all positive, but I must pass along some words of caution. Ventilation is absolutely essential. According to my surveyor after seeing the heater, the manufacturer went out of business as a result of a couple of tragic incidents where it wasn''t directly the combustion, but rather oxygen depletion that caused problems. I''m going to continue using mine, but with lots of open hatches...
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Larry, thanks for reply. I have a 300 model and it''s 12 years old now. After repair job, it''s working fine. Unit is in the forward hatch of my cat. It has a 3 inch stack exiting outside. See my personal page. Thanks for the info....Mike.
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Had one with the matching hot air system, on my live-aboard Irwin Citation 34 in the Keys for 11 years. No problems. You will use up some water as it runs through the system to warm - I just used that to brush teeth until it got warm. Additional advantage was the gained stowage space from removing the original hot water tank. (can never have too much stowage Overall I can only say we loved it.
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