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Old 19-08-2009, 12:04   #1
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Space Heater for Winter Use - Chesapeake Bay

I would like to get a couple of electric space heaters and need to find out which ones are safe to have onboard. thanks
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Old 19-08-2009, 12:10   #2
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Oil filled seem to be safe, put a small fan behind it and they work rather well.
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Old 19-08-2009, 13:17   #3
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Any of the type with a switch to shut off when they tip over should be good. Plastic housing might be nice. Make sure your Shore Power cord and receptacles etc are clean and in good shape. You will destroy about one cord per winter or more... If you have room for a dehumidifier it could be a very good thing....
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Old 19-08-2009, 14:31   #4
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Two 1500 watt heaters will max out your 30 amp cord Amps=Watts/Volts
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Old 19-08-2009, 14:35   #5
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For sure....You definitely do not want to run two 1500 watters on high on the 30 amp cord. I believe I used one little 1000 or 1200 watter on the setting one notch below high... and it would burn up cords eventually with the invertor, tv, etc going......
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We lived aboard on the bay in Deale, MD and heating a boat with electric heaters is verrrryyyy expensive. If it is long term I would look for a more effective source such as a propane or keresene heater. We were only in the bay for a few months on-board before we headed south so we opted for a short term solution and paid the bill.
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I lived aboard in Norfolk for a complete winter. FWIW, had two smallish electric heaters for a 35' boat and never felt comfortably warm in the boat all winter. They just heat the air, and not all that well, but don't dry out the air. Condensation was terrible and high humidity never gave me a feeling of being warm.

If you can, install an externally vented heater like a Dickenson Newport. These types of heaters will heat the air and draw moist air out of the boat lowering the humidity.

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Or look for a place where the electricity cost is capped.

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We stayed overnight on Bellesa before moving her home, in early March. I had to 1500W heaters going and it was warm enough. Before moving her home I used just one of the heaters, I closed the head door, and I was pretty comfortable. I did wake up one night to find snow on the deck. That was late February.

I don't know how nonstop usage would do though.
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We used one on board a 44 footer in Seattle. Didnt worry about heating the Vberth until we went to bed. It was adequate but not good. The problem on boats is the heat rises to the cabin top, so it may be 70 when you stand up but your feet are cold! The year we had 10" of snow on the boat the snow was great insulation!
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i burned down my 3k genny with a heater 2 winters ago--i wont use them anymore. goood luck. i will go to carib for winter before i get another heater lol...when i lived ina marina i used one only when i was home--was ok....shore power is a better way to use them than is genny power-- last winter i used feather quilts instead of heaters--was tooo cold....didnt like it
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I went to Home Depot and bought a small baseboard heater.

It is about 3 feet long. Thermostat Controlled. I mounted it along one of the settees in the cabin. It keeps the Ericson Toasty at half throttle on the coldest days in the winter. And it doesn't break the bank.
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