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Old 23-06-2014, 07:16   #1
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Hot Water Hose Insulation

I am in the process of changing out the water hoses on my boat. The hot water hoses are insulated. On my prior boat, they were not. I didn't have any hot water issues on my prior boat, but it was a little smaller with shorter hose runs.

Replacing the hot water hoses with the insulation is manageable, but will be more difficult. I have no doubt that it is better to have them insulated, but I wonder if it is worth the effort.

I would be interested in knowing in general if people have insulated hot water hoses or non-insulated.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 23-06-2014, 07:34   #2
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Re: Hot Water Hose Insulation

Hoses are rubber or plastic and as such don't conduct heat very well. As you say there would be a slight benefit in being insulated, but it would be very slight in my opinion, not worth the hassle.
Was your boat manufactured that way?
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Old 23-06-2014, 07:37   #3
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Hot Water Hose Insulation

My guess is that the boat was manufactured that way. It is a 1995 model with one prior owner. The hoses seem pretty old so they may be original.

They are pretty smelly which is why I am replacing them.
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Re: Hot Water Hose Insulation

You could add some of the flexible foam, pipe insulation. But, on the hundreds of boats I've worked on, I've never seen even 1 insulated.
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Re: Hot Water Hose Insulation

The flexible foam is what is on there now. I could do the same, but it will be much harder to snake it through the boat with that additional bulk.
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