, the OP wants to live on a small sailboat in Winter in Philadelphia. I don't know whether or not his boat will have an inboard diesel
, but the fact is many sail-boaters rely on outboard
engines. Many of the old sailboats that have inboards have the old Atomic 4 gasoline engines. So the type heater you are describing might not be practical for them.
You can give me your opinion on this but it is my feeling that sailboats and trawlers have very different design dynamics and that what may be true for a trawler
may not necessarily be true for a sailboat. Again, I plead ignorance because I'm not a naval architect or an engineer
, nor have I ever owned or lived aboard a trawler
(by the way, the DeFever 43 is a very nice looking boat), but aren't trawlers more open and better ventilated than your typical sailboat? And on a trawler there is a very large above-deck cabin
whereas 100% of a sailboat's interior
is encapsulated in what amounts to a fiberglass
tube with only a couple of very small hatches and a smattering of small glass ports
. Is your boat insulated? My sailboat came from the factory with a solid fiberglass hull
and a partially balsa-cored deck, but no insulation, and any water vapor introduced into the cabin becomes a problem.
Anybody else out there have an opinion on heating
and condensation problems on sailboats vs. trawlers/power boats? Am I mistaken in my perception that their are slightly different dynamics at play here? Or would a diesel inboard and forced air system like an Espar or Webasto work as well as bobofthenorth
says it works on his trawler even in the absence of insulation?
Please give your opinion. DeepFrz
? Anybody? What do you thing bobofthenorth
? Is a boat is a boat is a boat when it comes to tackling these problems?
Why do I always feel like I'm asking stupid questions? Enlighten me folks.