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Old 05-08-2011
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
It's true, Eryka, that many boats don't have a good bulkhead location spot. That does challenge that particular path. On one of our boats we had to build in a small alcove and sacrificed the foot of a settee berth to create it. A bonus was a small cubby behind it that became a liquor locker..

By the way do you find the in-cabin Webasto loud at all when it's running?

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My experience with forced-air diesel heat is that it is wonderful. There are some teething problems, and my personal experience with Espar (2 years) and Webasto (4 years) is that Espar is more robust.

The hydronic systems draw more power and present some mechanical maintenance issues (the hose clamps back off from thermal cycling and leak) but have the advantage of making hot water.

Propane heaters burn through propane at a startling rate.

The noise from the blower on a forced-air diesel heater (at least Webasto and Espar) is pretty much what I was used to from forced-air natural gas or heat pump in houses. I can easily hear the reassuring click of the heater fuel pump buried in an insulated engine room over the air flow. The fuel pump noise is way quieter than my grandmother's ticking cuckoo clock. It is just another boat noise.

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