Originally Posted by GalaxyGirl
Do you know what kind of heat the liveaboards at constitution are using? Does anyone with a fairly large boats use space heaters that you know of and how does it work out?
I'm considering using space heaters for now but would like to hear from someone who has done it before.
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I've used space heaters to keep my boat warm... in Florida
. You're laughing, but it wasn't easy.
We have 50A/250V service
, but only one 50A panel inside. Five space heaters on low (750W) and one water
heater (1750W) is about the most we could run at once. During the day we would turn off heaters in the bedrooms so we could use the power elsewhere. We were constantly checking the ammeter and turning this thing off so we could turn that thing on. If you don't have a second panel on a separate shore power leg, I'd be concerned that you won't have enough power.
Also, those space heaters are going to put some serious stress on your boat's wiring
. I don't want to sound alarmist, but until you've tested it out, you should be cautious about the possibility of an electrical
fire. You should have an infrared thermometer anyway. Use it to check on the temperature of the electrical
connections. Thoroughly investigate any funny
smells. Once I burned up my shore power transfer switch and another time melted the plug
on my shore power cord. I've seen another boat catch fire and have to be put out by the FD. It happens.