Wow - Just logging in to see all the terrific posts !! Thanks !!
Barnakiel - I've got a 115V Cruisair
16K BTU Heater/AC that has run continuously for ... gosh, coming up on 5 years in June (that's scary) and I highly recommend it for anyone at the dock. I put a Home Depot tarp over the boom and use the construction bungee cords (that's the key) and it even keeps me cool in the summer here in Florida
. I'm toasty in winter, but need to get a smaller dehumidifier that doesn't trip my 30-amp panel with everything else running.
Hpeer - Great post. I had to laugh because I feel like we're making the same trek through the product lines. You brought up a great point that I'm struggling with as well and that is hot water. I did a lot of research
trying to find a ... 12-volt unit (Begin the laughter). I did find a manufacturer that had just sold their rights to someone else, but nothing I could buy. You can actually do it, but I don't think it's practical even with the huge battery
bank I plan to have. I don't like gas for a variety of reasons so I looked at diesel, but I found something that I previously resisted that ended up being a better option (well, so far). I don't know why I resisted getting a diesel generator
, but when you look at Yanmar
models (& others) and figure the electricity output to fuel consumption
, it's better than anything else I've found for the hot water heater. I'm coming around full circle to the generator
, fighting it all the way. The numbers don't lie, so I'm looking for new numbers
... It may be the best way to go in the long run. For the length of time you heat up hot water, it may make a lot of sense so consider it so run the numbers yourself.
Taylor makes great products from all I've read and my limited experience with them. I've got the bulkhead mounted diesel (kero too) heater and you have to tend to it and I think you're spot on with the output - Just not enough. Hmmmm, I'll have to look into the Espar Airtronics product line. Have they been around a long time? Exhaust is my biggest issue right now with the other options you mention. If something like the Taylors 030 used a closed combustion chamber with the pipe in a pipe ventilation/exhaust to the outside so no fumes in the cabin, I'd try to make the venting work somehow (Could do it with a 45 angle piece). Of course, you would have to have some flex hose somewhere to work with the gimbals ...
For quick reference to others looking at Taylor products: Home
- I do want to find something other than the pot burners as these can't be left unattended from what I understand and can be dangerous while underway.
Do they make any of those kero lamps without glass? I try to limit glass onboard, but I hear ya on the warm glow
Hiracer - Dang, you carry a lot of diesel !! You've got me beat and I'm in a 50' boat. That is a nice advantage. You gave me a new idea that I had not considered in all my research ... Using a pump to fill a gravity feed tank, which itself could be filled manually. That's simple & brilliant !! You can keep the fuel source separate from the main tank (recommended in countless posts), yet have the advantage of gravity feed and an easy way to siphon off fuel from the main tank. I'm always amazed at the tidbits of wisdom I pick up in forums
- Thanks !!
Marc - Yeah, I got carried away on that initial post ... lol... Dang, I just did it again
Oh well, I love all the replies and am looking forward to more - Thanks, everyone !!! Gotta run and act like I'm working again