Originally Posted by Capt Phil
All this talk of living aboard
, TO and Montreal year round with the concerns of heating
in the winter makes me recall
my years working commercially in January, February and March on the west coast
. Every vessel I worked/lived on had a diesel
stove in the galley
area that ran 24/7 and kept the living area toasty warm at very little expense. Is this a feature that east coast
vessels routinely have? If not, why not? Just curious... Phil
I know from Arctic adventure sailors that they install diesel stoves which regularly are used on board of commercially fishing
boats, e.g. well known the Danish stove models REFLEKS...
REFLEKS heaters at Toplicht
The benefit of these stoves that they use "gravity" instead of an electric pump
. A nice video series here of a guy who started living on a small boat in the Baltic
sea which mostly has ice during Jan/Febr.
These Refleks are very small by dimensions. Do not need lots of space. - The bigger ones even have a plate on top for heating coffee/tea water
Shortly I have seen on a small Kraken 33 ft. Trimaran
on the West coast of Canada
... a Dickinson heater
. More pictures of this beauitfully boat here
. It just was sold.
I think it needs an electric pump
to run it as I have understood.
The sales prizes are OK of both brands I would say. But the diesel costs aren't small. The average consumption
for one stove is 5-6 liters per day. Thats up to one liter each four hours. Running 24hx7d its up to 155-186 litres per month.
So storing diesel for 5 months a boat would need a tank size of 800-900 litres. On Trimarans we have maximum 2-300 literes (regularly less under 100 litres). So its a question for smaller boats how to store all diesel for the winter. During ice period its not possible to haul over to the water
petrol station. So it needs lots of canisters to tranport the diesel to the boat. E.g. for 180 litres it would need 9-10 canisters each a volume of 20 litres a boat owner would need to organize monthly. Thats time consuming.
If I look at the real time prizes for diesel on the coast of Nova Soctia
its up to 97.5 cents/l = 152-182 Can Dollars = max. 130 Euros.
Lets say one has to heat 5 months per year that's 650 Euros (918 CAN$) in maximum per year = 54.17 Euros (76.45 CAN$) monthly average during whole year. Thats acceptable. (Rec.:
we pay for a 50-60 m2 appartement 80 Euros / months in average.)
I wondered little bit watching the video about Rob and Jay's winter living on their 43 footer they talked about using three heaters parallel. They must have huge heating expenses.