I have a 40 something foot power cruiser that I moved aboard about half a year ago. I have been living on boats for quite awhile now, and this one I am probably going to keep. Keeping past experience in mind, I decided to set the boat up as a live aboard primarily and a cruiser second. By this I mean I have no intention of getting a refrigerator
that runs on 12v. Every thing will be 110v, no special boat stuff.
This is nice considering I'm also fairly poor. My biggest purchase
and concern was heating
. In this regard I purchased a portable air conditioner / heat pump. This device worked great. Not only does it heat and cool, it dehumidifies. It needs to vent two hoses to the outside and I simply used the window kit that came with the unit to mount them in my double sliding door. Easy and effective !
I didn't mount the unit firm, the intent being come winter or travelling I can move it and secure it somewhere else. The cost was about $700 and it produces about 14k btu heating
while consuming 1000 watts. This is nice since I only have 15 amp service
. Here's a link.
Amazon.com - Soleus Air PH3-12R-03, Portable Air Conditioner/Heater/Dehumidifier/Fan, 12, 000 BTUs - Portable Ac Heater
That one is a little less powerful than mine, but has a programmable timer, which is a nice feature.
It peed all over the floor. The unit would fill it's internal water
reservoir in a couple of days. I got smart and ran a hose from the back into the bilge
. Unfortunately this hose got loose and water
drained all over the floor. So now it's out of commission until I find a better solution for it. Additionally my understanding is that heat pumps such as the one I have don't work effectively below 40 degrees (f). So winter has a different heating solution.
The boat originally had an espar heater and looking into it's replacement was about a $4000 price
tag. I like the espar, it's out of the way and was already plumbed in. The airtronic D5, the largest model puts out 16.4k btu on high. I wasn't sure this was quite enough for winter. I looked at oil
stoves, a reliable solution on every commercial
vessel here, however I had no place to install one in a pleasure boat without messing up the interior
. Those are rated at 16.2k btus.
My solution ended up being a toyostove. About the same price
as a diesel
stove, much less than the espar, and putting out 22k btu.
Little different than the model I got, but about the same size. Not a great heater for a boat, but mine is a Live Aboard. Living aboard
comes first, cruising second. It may be a pain to disconnect or plug
the vent hole when I want to go somewhere, but price, practicality, and comfort are what are important to me now. This unit is timer programmable so I can set it low for the night or while I am gone. That's real nice.
However it's not installed yet, in a large part to the leak that wants to drip right where it's going to be placed. Well that's 2 boat projects in one I guess. So for the interim with the toyostove in it's box and my heat pump just sitting doing nothing, I purchased a non vented kerosene heater for the chilly nights. It's quite the unit and at 10k btu really puts out the heat. But I don't feel so great about having a non vented heat source that works by combustion. But hey, when it gets real cold this winter I might have it and the toyostove going !
So as I sit here writing this I can hear my two little electric
heaters buzzing away. One in the fo'csle on low and one next to me on low. I can't do one low one high, it'll trip the breaker 300 feet away from me ! So that's not insulation
which will come later, but my heating solutions. I figured with winter approaching perhaps someone might have an interest in this or an idea I could use.
Stay warm !