Well, with everyone making sure I was pointed in the right direction, I had to come around eventually!
I was just commenting to my wife the other day about the WhisperGen and how it would solve all of our problems... I became less interested in that item the minute I found the pricing information. ha ha ha It's out of reach, being that it costs about 1/8 what my entire boat cost. If they can start mass producing and get more volume to drive the price
down a little, it might make sense. I just can't afford it, and am forced to do things that make sense both from a logical and a financial standpoint.
For instance... my deck-mount GenSet. It's a diesel
6KW unit (to run the A/C for chater guests away from the dock
, mostly, but also to charge our batts). The equivalent "marine" GenSet would have cost $10K easy with installation
plus new thruhulls, etc... I have this unit installed and ready to go for $1000. It could be replaced 10 times and still just approach the cost of the "marine" unit. It delivers the same electricity, so why pay more?
I suppose we might be more into "roughing it" than most. We make all of our own foods from scratch on here using and alcohol stove, we walk and bike everywhere (although we have a car for going on long trips), I do all work on the boat myself, etc.. etc... So tending a fire and hauling wood is just another form of exercise for us. We enjoy physical activity after being tied to office furniture for so long in our former careers. In fact, it's one of the top 3 reasons we chose this lifestyle. For our health
So... as long as the heater brings the boat up to a comfortable temperature, we are not adverse to collecting drift wood, burning some of the old teak
from the interior
I am refitting, and hauling seasoned dry cordwood onto the boat for use this winter. After this winter, we will be heading south each year when hurrican season ends. This means only a couple months of heating
each season, and not a huge amount of work.
We also want to be able to live on the hook, as free from ties to land as possible. We are in a marina for this winter, but this is our last time renting
dockspace that charter
guests aren't paying for.
So... wood is still extremely attractive to me. I just learned from all of your collective experiences that radiant heat is not the way to go. I've got to make it a forced air or water
system (either can work with a wood stove)