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Old 13-05-2018, 14:37   #1
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keep a water heater in caribian???/

i have a hunter 41 should i keep the water heater,sure would make nice storage space
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Old 13-05-2018, 14:50   #2
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

Absolutely. Keep it. Evening shower are much more enjoyable with hot water. And all cleaning tasks (dishes, etc.) easier.
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

There will be cold and windy days, especially when it’s raining.
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i have a hunter 41 should i keep the water heater,sure would make nice storage space
Yes, or No or Maybe...

Why would you think anybody here know what you and your crew would like?

How about this for a radical idea: Turn off the water heater for a week and the decide if you need it... It is easy to rip out, harder to put back.
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Old 13-05-2018, 15:26   #5
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

I'm 50/50..

If you have a lady aboard, then I would keep it. My wife ABSOLUTELY loves it when I heat some water for her. If you know what I'm sayin


A very viable option is a solar shower. You could heat water in a garden sprayer painted black. The sun is strong enough down here to heat the water twice in a day (water for dishes, water for a shower).

However.. If you have a water maker already installed. Then I wouldn't pull it out. That seems silly. Especially if the heater is hooked up to a motor.
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Old 13-05-2018, 16:07   #6
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

We have a black garden sprayer. It's ok because we are very frugal with fresh water, maybe a liter or so each, per rinse. If we had enough hot fresh water for showers from the boat it would be pretty lux. This is with a sea water temp of 85F.
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

We had a few days of cold windy rainy weather in the Caribbean this winter and boy did we enjoy the hot shower after motering in to the anchorage. If mine broke I would replace it
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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

Unless yours is enormous, water heaters don't really take up all that much room. Having hot water when you need it seems like a better use of 2 cubic feet than the stuff you could cram in there. But if you never use hot water but would really appreciate the storage, rip it out. Everyone is different.
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ok it stays

all very good opinions

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Re: keep a water heater in caribian???/

Also, there is a resale value issue. Most buyers will expect a large cruising boat to have hot water. If it doesn't, they will discount the offer accordingly.
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