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As for equipment.
The heater is probably more important than the water heater. The propane stove is a good choice, especially if you plan to cruise for any distance. If you go with propane heat and stove, then a propane water heater would make sense as well. It would make sense to install a dual power source water heater—electric and engine heat exchanger, so that it can be used both at the dock and when cruising. You may want to use 110 VAC heaters as well. However, insulating the boat is probably a key step... if the boat has a cored deck and topsides, it would probably be a good start... but solid fiberglass is a poor insulator.
I wouldn't buy the lines, locker or stove from WM as there are other places on-line to buy them for much less than WM would charge. I would also highly recommend you get the newer composite tanks, rather than steel or aluminum propane tanks. The new tanks have translucent side panels that actually let you see how much propane is left in the tank. They're available in 10, 20 and 30 lb. sizes, however the 30 lb. size aren't designed for simple low pressure devices like stoves and heaters.
I'd recommend a good DSC-capable VHF and a small GPS chartplotter.
If you want refrigeration, I'd have to recommend that you get an Engel or Norcold dual voltage refrigerator. These units were highly rated by PS and will run on both 12 VDC or 110 VAC when you're at a dock with shore power. If you're going to be living aboard, a 120 VAC shorepower system is pretty much a requirement.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-11-2007 at 11:13 PM.