I'm in the process of trying to decide what size of calorifier
I should be looking to install into my new-to-me yacht (which is currently without). My partner and I consider hot water
showers to be an important part of comfortable living aboard
, so I am looking for some real-world experiences to help me.
Basically I want to know how big is your calorifier
, how long does it allow you to continuously "hot water" shower
for. Bonus points for how long does it take to heat up from running the engine
e.g. I have a 15 gallon/60 liter calorifier, and I get 20 minutes of continuous shower-hot water
out of it. It takes 60 minutes of engine
run time to get it up to temperature.
Other thoughts and experiences that are relevant are also welcome.
I did a search, but couldn't find any good detailed cruisers experience of this question in the archives
About My Yacht: is a 45 foot/13.5m sailing yacht powered by a 50hp volvo diesel
. It will be home to a couple in colder waters, with additional berths for up to another 4 people on the odd occasion. There will be no generator
, however an hour or two a day of engine time is expected to charge batteries and run the watermaker
(and heat the water). There will be a reflex diesel
stove installed, which has the internal heating
coils also run to the 2nd calorifier circuit.