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Re: Heating a boat
Just to clarilfy, the Dickinson Newport heater (propane and diesel versions available) shown above in Auspicious' post both pulls combustion air from outside, and discharges all products of combustion outside via a double walled flue section. The ambience of the visible flame is there, but it's not an 'open flame'. The heat is transferred via a heat exchanger and circulation fan. It's quite safe, compared to the old Force 10 bulkhead heaters and catalytic style floor heaters.
Even so we don't sleep with the flame on - we tried it once in sub freezing temps, we were fine but still not totally comfortable with the idea. Our latest trick (if we're plugged in) is to put a small warming pad at the foot of our berth an hour or so before climbing in - and pile on the blankets!
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)