My two bobs worth.. on a charter monohull
I skippered we had a dickenson lofoten and a small webasto system. Having both was very good, each had strengths and weaknesses that complemented each other. The webasto was in the fwd cabin
and the lofoten was in the salon
under the table.
The webasto was quick and easy to start. Worked at sea in any conditions and circulated warm air throughout the cabin
. But it chewed through the electricity, was complex and didnt provide any radiant heat or cooking
ability. This was used at sea in rough conditions, and at night to keep the fwd cabin warm.
The lofoten had a big hotplate that was often used for cooking
, provided lots of cosy radiant heat as long as you were near it, and the chimney guard made a great place to dry socks and gloves. It was simple and bulletproof and ran 24 hours day in day out with no real issues. It was set up with a hydronic system to heat the heads, but this had issues with airlocks and pumps.
If I had to choose one Id just go the dickenson, or similar with a hotplate. If I had the money
I'd go both. Hot water
bottles also work. My first trip south I hardly used the heater, just lots of warm clothes, hot water
bottles and blankets.
A cat would be harder to warm, but a dickenson in one hull
and a webasto type in the other should keep the hulls warm and the rising hot air will flow to the bridgedeck. Alternatively relegate one hull for storage
and only heat the other, with the dickenson up in the bridgedeck under the table.
I used twin wall polycarbonate sheet to insulate the hatches on Snowpetrel. This might work over the big windows and still allow some light in.
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