Originally Posted by minaret
Get rid of the tank completely and install an everhot or equivalant. . . .
Here is a link to one of those units - look at the price
- Sure Marine Service, Inc. * Since 1972 * Marine Heating, Air Conditioning, and Galley Equipment
I would recommend the Home Depot system if you have AC power available. If not a discount Marine
water heater with both electric heating
coils and engine fresh water system coils. I like the "Superstor" units as the outer casing is/was plastic (the tank is stainless steel) and will not rust. Super Stor
- - Heating potable water by using the diesel
engine takes an hour or more - after - the engine is up to temperature. So you are wasting a lot of diesel
and running the engine unloaded if you are not moving.
- - I turn on my engine coolant
to the hot water heater when underway during the last hour of operation (one hour before I expect to arrive and anchor) otherwise the water gets too hot.
- - Otherwise, I run the generator
to make AC to heat the water, and do several other things at the same time like charging
batteries, running bread machine, watching DVD's on our big screen monitor
, and other housekeeping tasks that require AC electric