AFAICT, SailorGirl's post is pretty much on topic when it comes to living aboard a boat... and probably relevant to you, if you were to choose to liveaboard a boat.
Your opening post is about making the decision whether to live aboard a boat or get an apartment. Last I checked, you're going to have to heat a boat if you're living on it, since, even in Norfolk, Virginia, you still get snow and relatively cold weather in the winter.
BTW, I lived in Norther Virginia for seven years and my in-laws live in the Tidewater region of Virginia, so I am pretty familiar with the weather conditions down there.
A boat that isn't insulated is going to be pretty miserable to liveaboard, and trying to heat it with a diesel, kerosene, or propane heater, when dockside AC shorepower is an option, is a bad idea IMHO. Electric heat is safer than combustion-based heating processes in a small boat, since there is no risk of CO poisoning, and a much lower risk of fire, especially if you're using the oil-filled radiator style heaters.
BTW, you're referring to the Winter Liveaboard thread, where you asked:
IMHO, your post wasn't so much about winter liveaboard but about sizing and installing a heater, which wasn't really on the topic of living aboard a boat in the winter, but more a gear and maintenance issue.
here's a noob question. i hear a lot of talk about diesel heaters and such being used on these boats. what size diesel heater may be appropriate for a 27-30 ft boat in the Chesapeake area? also, what about the positioning of the heater and protecting the surroundings from getting too hot? i wouldn't want to catch it on fire... would this heater just be sat right in the middle of the salon, or would it hang?
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