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Old 20-01-2009, 11:21   #1
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hot watter options?

Just thought I would ask here, you guys usually have a couple of answers for every question... been doing some research.

The issue is we would like to have Hot water all the time on our Beneteau 411. At the moment we only have hot water if we run the diesel or are on shore power.

The water heater draws 750 watts but as I understand it most people do not recommend attaching the water heater to the inverter….
It looks like if Install a diesel fired forced air heat I could use that for hot water as well, but that would not do much good on nice days.
Anyone have any other options?
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Old 20-01-2009, 11:30   #2
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I don’t want to get beat up but:
There are some "instantaneous" gas models but I know nothing specific about them...except that SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY rules.
Not even sure if your insurance would approve.
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I have the excel instant heater. Works great! ran another propane line from the locker to the stbd bow of my cat. Heater shares a seperate compartment with the holding tank and eventually a water maker as well. No danger of gas build up as the area is ventilated with a nicro solar fan aft and vent cap forward.

The key to propane safety is to leakcheck periodically, and have thermal safety valves which all appliances will be designed with.

As far as insurance, mine didn't care when I asked about a propane fridge. BTW I went with AC/DC only fridge as I couldn't fit it into an isolated compartment.
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