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Old 23-10-2013, 10:50   #1
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Sailors in Devon & Cornwall and South coast, best low cost boat heating method.

Me hearties! as we are about to embark on a long Mediterranean voyage which will take some years. I thought the best way to acclimatize my wife to the live-aboard lifestyle was to spend at least two seasons in the south-west. She is happy with this but has concerns about how our floating home will be best heated given the last two bitter cold winters. My question is this there are many ways to heat a boat I would like to know which systems are optimal for cost of purchase, installation, maintainance and most importantly of all which are the cheapest to run? I need to keep my lady warm and happy before we venture into the Med.
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Old 24-10-2013, 03:34   #2
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Cannot really help on the selection of heating but would offer the opion that a couple of winters in the West Country would try the hardiest of sailing ladies. Winters are long, dark and very wet, and can be very cold. Even in the med were we are now you get long periods of rain and cold and we don't have to contend with tides, mud etc. Also, places close down in the winter.
You and your lady will have to have pastime(s) that will sustain you through long dark evenings and sometimes days as well.
My advice is get her to the med without delay, skip wintering aboard in uk. You will still need heating.
I write this sitting in a nice harbour in Brac, Croatia, its about 22C, the water is similar, but we have had periods of torrential rain and cold in the last few weeks, and its dark from 1800 to 0700. Most caffe are shut, ditto restaurants. But a lot better than UK!
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Old 24-10-2013, 03:59   #3
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Re: Sailors in Devon & Cornwall and South coast, best low cost boat heating method.

Assuming you are going to be in a marina with mains electric then several electrical oil filled radiators on board are probably the cheapest option. If you don't have mains electric I think you soon will or wifey will let you know with no uncertainy why you have failed, they always do

The other option or a combination for heating and a real flame to look at would be something like the Dickinson or Sigmar heaters. Nothing like a real fire to come home too.

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Or a cheap option from the UK:

http://www.bengco.co.uk/

Since the Med gets cold too in the winter and you will be aclimatised this could keep the chill off during the winter evenings when you are not in a Med marina.

You will have to deal with insulation and condensation during a UK winter. So some ventilation required to deal with the condensation and lots of insulation down to the waterline. Friend did a Beneteau 36 with a bulk buy of camping mats. Probably not the most efficient but not bad given the cheap cost. Also have a full cockpit tent fitted so you have another room for wet stuff. Not cheap but then you won't be paying council tax, so should break even.

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Old 24-10-2013, 04:27   #4
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we are up the river in falmouth,
currently using a/c power for heating,along side,as cheaper than running the diesel heater.
many of the boats around here use wood burners which is definitely the cheapest method,though messy and creates lots of dust and yellowing of the interiour!
but if you have a 100year old wooden boat you will be toasty and warm!
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Your mad !
Stark raving, bolloking, out in the noon day sun, lost your marbles, insane.
Head south, even birds know that !
Fremantle W.A 30c and sunny.
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Your mad !
Stark raving, bolloking, out in the noon day sun, lost your marbles, insane.
Head south, even birds know that !
Fremantle W.A 30c and sunny.
insane maybe!
but no man eating sharks,killer jelly fish,killer spiders,killer snakes on land or sea..........best real ale......and of course cornish pasties

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Well, we don't have barrels on the bar but Freo is the ancestral home of Australian Microbrewing, we have hectolitres of it !
Cornish pasties I'll give you.......
Sharks get battered and served with chips.
As for the creepy crawlies, meh, never see 'em
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brace yerself sheila!

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Your mad !
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Head south, even birds know that !
Fremantle W.A 30c and sunny.
He's from Yorkshire, if they are cold they put a coat on and go for a walk. Devon in December will be scorching for them.

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He's from Yorkshire, if they are cold they put a coat on and go for a walk. Devon in December will be scorching for them.

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im still in shorts,tee shirt and flip flops when going ashore here though not today it's pissing down!
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