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I like everything about this set up except that space heater. Experience has taught me that those little boxes always fail and despite all the safety switches, I think that they are a fire hazard when left unattended. I use one of those thermostat controlled oil filled electric heaters when I will not be in the same room with the heater. Yes they are big and ugly, but have an adjustable thermostat and 3 power settings. I've used one in my cold bathroom for 5 years. If you need a fan to move hot air around, buy a fan. It will be much less susceptible to clogging than the little one in the heater.
Last night I implemented the sage advice from glmark and others.

The "better heater" is now in place and the previous one brought home. This heater has been in use for a few years at home and I baby sat it last night for a few hours with it set on "high" (1500 watts). Actually, I was working on a head and I was drying the bilge with a small shop vac.

Now the heater is set on 900 watts.

There is also a separate fan blowing on it from above and behind it. You can see it clipped to the "wall", right behind the thermometer.

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Good move Bene !
I have used those oil filled type heaters over the years on MAX or months at a time without issue ..when in Mich & Tex not much need out here in Az

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Good, now you're below the 80% rating on the circuit breaker...and at a much safer place with regards to your boat.
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Last night I implemented the sage advice from glmark and others.

The "better heater" is now in place and the previous one brought home. This heater has been in use for a few years at home and I baby sat it last night for a few hours with it set on "high" (1500 watts). Actually, I was working on a head and I was drying the bilge with a small shop vac.

Now the heater is set on 900 watts.

There is also a separate fan blowing on it from above and behind it. You can see it clipped to the "wall", right behind the thermometer.

Thank you very much for the advice.



Regards,
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Good, now you're below the 80% rating on the circuit breaker...and at a much safer place with regards to your boat.
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(By the way, the other heater was already powered down to the lower setting. Implemented that change on the next visit to the boat after getting that advice.)

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Thanks SD.

(By the way, the other heater was already powered down to the lower setting. Implemented that change on the next visit to the boat after getting that advice.)

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This is a cool solution but there is an alternative solution if you have a land line telephone connection at your marina. There are remote monitoring systems which will monitor power and temperature, then call your cell phone if temp drops below whatever you choose to be the "emergency" temp. I use one of these and the cost is around $300.00. Only thing is it needs a telephone line.
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This is a cool solution but there is an alternative solution if you have a land line telephone connection at your marina. There are remote monitoring systems which will monitor power and temperature, then call your cell phone if temp drops below whatever you choose to be the "emergency" temp. I use one of these and the cost is around $300.00. Only thing is it needs a telephone line.
Brad probably could have done this, but then he'd lose geek points... WiFi is so much geekier a solution.

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And I'm in for less than a hundred bucks. Once I get some of the technical problems solved, I'll be able to help anyone put a fully controllable webcam on their boat. Or for the less technically savvy, maybe offer it for cheap or something.

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Re: Webcam to watch your boat -- Done! And how-to.

Any update Brad? I'm intrigued because
a) i'd like to do this myself
b) i'd like to set one of these at our club sailing facility for marketing purposes.

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Re: Webcam to watch your boat -- Done! And how-to.

night0wl,

I'm currently on the boat connected to OptimumWiFi through the same long-distance WiFi setup as shown at the start of this thread. I actually have a local Wireless Access Point (local WiFi) installed behind the nav station's switches. So for all the ipods etc. on board we connect to that local WiFi. OptimumWiFi is included with my cable service. It works with the flick of a switch in Port Washington, Port Jefferson and now "out east". They have a presence in a lot of places. Not sure if it will work in Block Island, Nantuckett, etc. I'll have to report on that as we visit other places.

I also have the same webcam providing 5 minute snapshots to ftp, and emails whenever there is motion. It's all up and working and reliable. The long range WiFi, Wireless Access Point, and webcam are all wired to the same switch. I went to the Blue Sea Systems website and sprung for the switch label to sum it all up. How nice is this??



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