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09-29-2013 08:30 PM
Delezynski
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

As we say on our web page...............

"Go south till the butter melts, and STAY there."

Greg
09-29-2013 07:34 PM
dinosdad
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

No, not for use while sleeping, just want to be comfortable in the cabin
In the evening hours , and I could change my diet all I or you want
And that doesn't change the fact we hate the damn cool/cold weather,
Give us the hot and humid of the Deep South, wintertime , we go south ,
Summertime we go south, the day the wives job goes bad , leaving and never returning north....
09-29-2013 08:43 AM
Minnewaska
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

Is the OP planning to sleep with one of these heaters running? I wouldn't be caught dead (pun intended) with an open flame aboard while asleep. It seems some disagree with this cautious approach.

Anyone that would get cold under a thick down quilt in New England in Spring or Fall, needs more iron in their diet.
09-29-2013 08:18 AM
H and E
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Propane Heater — 9000 BTU, Model# MH9BX This is what I use. I only need to run it for a few minutes to take the chill out of the boat. I store the propane bottles out side of the cabin and install or remove them outside to make sure the gas does not get in the bilge.
09-28-2013 11:24 PM
HUGOSALT
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

COLEMAN Sportcat Indoor/Outdoor PerfecTemp Catalytic Propane Camping Camp Heater

I use above heater for cool weather spring and fall very much as
you describe on my 30 fter on Long Island Sound. Rated for indoors however I use for a few hours before turning in for the night and then shut off, then turn on again in a.m. to take chill out of cabin. Also leave a port open.
No install, remove from boat in summer, about $50.
Four legs that fold out for stable base.
Use same propane tanks for bbq.
09-28-2013 10:12 PM
rikhall
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

This is what I installed in our Irwin Citation 34, and we love it!



And HERE is the story of the install with more pictures.

( I do not work for the company and I am sure there are many good options. Just showing and telling you what we did. We live in Eastern Canada.)

Rik
09-28-2013 07:42 PM
dinosdad
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

Delezynski, I saw that video when I was searching youtube for stove videos, awesome idea, and great video!
Alex, the webasto type heaters while probably the ultimate solution also carries the biggest price tag, and I'm thinking 4, maybe five years to the next boat, and while boats are bad investments , I try and make upgrades that will keep the financial blood letting to a minimum, if this was my last boat, I would lean to a webasto style heater without a doubt.
09-28-2013 12:32 PM
RocketScience
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

Before I installed a Webasto hydronic system on our boat two years ago, we used a portable alcohol fueled heater similar to this one:

Heatmate

It was a great option for the occasional over nighter, just not conducive to extended cruising.
09-28-2013 12:14 PM
Alex W
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

I have a Webasto in my Pearson, it was original equipment. I'm not sure what makes it only appropriate for liveaboards, it works great for us.

I like that it doesn't take up any noticeable cabin space and is pretty quiet and efficient.

I need to re-wrap my exhaust lines though, the original wrap appears to not work very well anymore. Until then I always have to make sure that there is nothing near them in the cockpit locker.
09-28-2013 11:29 AM
Delezynski
Re: What type of heat for weekend use in New England

Dinosdad,

We have solid fuel fireplace/heater aboard. When living aboard I came up with two ideas that worked well for us. One was to use brown paper sandwich bags that I would load with the solid fuel. I knew that each bag gave about 3~4 hours of heat. So, during the night I could just drop one in and not even get my hands dirty.

Recently I have switched to using an oil lamp inside the fireplace. When filled, it lasts ALL night, and then some! We just gave it a LONG workout cruising the San Francisco Bay. You can see it in action on our Youtube page.

*** NOTE *** This video is in 3D, but you can turn that off by going to the bottom and clicking on the gear, then selecting 3D off.


Greg
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