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02-08-2013 04:51 PM
Kraden313
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

hey Suzanne....we have two oil heaters. They are both Cuori and Kris got them from Home Depot. Each one draws about 12.5 amps. The one we have in the saloon is plugged into our Shore Power A side. Our SP A side can handle 30 amps. SP B side can accommodate 50 amps... that is the side our AC/Heat is on; however, we are not using that side at all now since we are not running the unit. So Kris put the other oil heater up in the V-berth and plugged it in to a heavy duty extension cord and we have it running out of the hatch, down the finger and plugged directly into the pedestal. There would be no way we could run both heaters on A side. We have to really be careful about anything else we use while this heater is plugged in. We can, thank goodness, use the heating blanket on our bed because I don't think that pulls hardly any amps. But we were worried right when we plugged it in. We were waiting for it to trip, but it never did. So that heating blanket is a God send for our room. When we have to use the microwave or coffee pot, we have to turn off the heater first otherwise it will overload and trip the system.....believe me I have done it NUMEROUS times. I did it again the other day when I ran the vacuum.

I am going to try and make it up to the happy hour tonight. If I don't make it tonight, I will make it soon for sure. It sounds like a blast! I have quite a bit of homework I am trying to finish up and got sidetracked today with the water pressure, or lack thereof. But I got it fixed!!!! Hope to see you soon! I will PM my number to you and you can call or text me anytime.
02-08-2013 09:11 AM
RunningRabbit
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Question: What amperage are you drawing from the two oil-filled heaters? I'm running one, and then feel I'm pushing it to add a heating pad in the V-berth, but that is making it tolerable up there. My rooftop HVAC is on the secondary shore power line, but that is the only line with an ameter, so I'm not able to see exactly how far I'm pushing my house circuit. I want to make sure I'm never running past 80% capacity (i.e., 24 amps) on that line.

(Off-topic: Will you be at the happy hour en español? We can comiserate about the cold and rain.)
01-29-2013 05:50 PM
chef2sail
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Nice area Planeman...ever go to Lagermans?

We are down the River past the Key Bridge in Rock Creek.
01-29-2013 05:01 PM
Planeman1960
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kraden313 View Post
Tim and Tina, where about do you live in Baltimore? These oil heaters are so nice. I had no idea how good they worked. We have just the two and I think it stays very comfortable down here. The heating blanket on the bed at night is just heaven!

Kris and Denise
We are in Baltimore Marine Center between Fess point and Canton.

We really enjoy the area alot.

Have a great day

T
01-29-2013 02:11 PM
Kraden313
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Tim and Tina, where about do you live in Baltimore? These oil heaters are so nice. I had no idea how good they worked. We have just the two and I think it stays very comfortable down here. The heating blanket on the bed at night is just heaven!

Kris and Denise
01-29-2013 12:54 PM
Planeman1960
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Hello Fellow Live aboards! My wife and I are full time live aboards in Baltimore and the water temp crossed below 40F about 3 weeks ago. What we have found in the three years we have been onboard is that below 40f the onboard system just won't work. We use 3 oil filled heaters (Walmart) and 2 small cube heaters (West Marine) to heat our 40 ft ketch. We had to install a second 30amp shore power connection to handle the extra power load but our boat is always 70+ deg. That was the deal with my wife for living aboard in the winter.

And thank you for your service Marine!

Tim and Tina
SV Aletiea
01-29-2013 12:24 PM
Kraden313
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

thanks very much jimgo. I am so thankful for these couple of warm days and will certainly take advantage of them. Sure would be nice if we have seen the worst of the weather for this winter......ha/ha....wishful thinking I'm afraid! We will definitely be more prepared for next winter for sure.
01-29-2013 12:14 PM
jimgo
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Good luck fixing the problem - today and tomorrow should be great times to get it all sorted out.
01-29-2013 11:06 AM
Kraden313
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

denise and benesailor, good points and certainly ones I haven't thought of since this is still all so new to me. But we are anxious to get in there and take a look. dumb question....how will we know if the heat exchangers are split?? will there be water? if so, no water so far, and we have things pretty warm now on the boat from the oil heaters we got friday. thanks guys!
01-28-2013 08:05 PM
benesailor
Re: Issues with Heating in Annapolis, MD

Denise030

I think you have hit the nail on the head. I just opened this thread and thought of freeze up immediately.

Kraden
I hope the heat exchanger didn't freeze up . (most likely it didn't) Might to be a good idea to find a small fan to pump some heat below or around your heat/cool units.

Best of luck
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