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post #11 of 14 Old 02-11-2009
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Combustion air is drawn from outside (with or next to the exhaust) so don't worry about that unless you have faulting exhaust pipes. You have to have a zipper hatch or something similar to be living aboard a shrink wrapped boat.... leave the zipper hatch open and keep a crack in the companionway to let some fresh air into the boat. You should be fine. Oh, make sure you have a CO detector, even though diesel has less CO than gasoline, it is worth it.

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i dont live up there but can relate to the area as a over the road truck driver. the espar and another brand is webasto are about the best choice the only hang up i have ever had is since the fuel tank is out side the fuel will gell at around 10F other than that and a little antigell everything is fine (Boats shouldnt have this problem with a well ventilated area) I have used the webasto (same as espar) in temps as low as 20 below if this helps and at 20 below with the wind howling it can get warm enough to run you out of the truck. hope this helps

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Just an FYI.... Bob and his boat now live in North Carolina since '07. I slip next to where he was back in '06 when he was having the problem.

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The latest thing for tightly sealed new home construction is air-to-air heat exchangers for ventilation.

But that is all I know, I have no idea of costs of how they are constructed. Might be worth a visit to a home supplies/construction store to investigate though.
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