Both firms have really good instructions so worth reading them all several times and then spend some time on board pondering the installation
and the route
for the hoses. Running 60mm in our case hoses wasn't easy. Do buy a set of good quality hole cutters, for the job, not the cheap
Also I think Ebar give details of how many bends and the maximum length of runs their system allows, so worth considering using their calculator even if you opt for another make.
I needed a 90' degree bend through a bulkhead so spoke to a UK supplier who turned out to be a family
run business. They spent some time looking through their parts
bin and came up with a mix of Eber and Webasto parts
that joined together to give me the two male ends on a 90' bend. Worked perfectly and I subsequently bought a vehicle kit from them. The Russian and Chinese copies weren't available at the time.
The extra parts like mounting bracket and exhaust
outlet were ordered via Turkey
and whilst copies have worked well for a fraction of the price
I believe for the UK market Webasto supply extra insulation
for the hoses but this isn't universal. I went back and retro fitted the insulation
and it makes a big difference. Without I can place my hand in front of the heater
outlet. After fitting the insulation its too hot to hold your hand in front for more than a few seconds.
I glassed a piece of plywood
into the hull
side of the cockpit
locker to mount the unit on which took a day to complete and allow to set. So about 2.5 days to do the whole installation
. We have one outlet in the rear cabin
and a second under the saloon
steps on a 31ft yacht. Running the hose to the fwd cabin
was a step too far and subsequently has proven not to be needed on a small boat
. The 2kw of heat is more than enough for our size of yacht and we turn it down after 30 mins to half setting.
The fuel pump
is noisy even though it is mounted in the cockpit
locker. It's a solenoid for both Ebar and Webasto systems and goes clunk, clunk, clunk continuously like a metronome, the speed depending on how hot you have it set. I plan to mount the pump
which already has a rubber c clip on a foam block to help reduce the noise
at some point.
10 years on it has proven to be really good. We regularly run it even during a UK summer to help dry out the boat
, us and the dog if it has been raining. The dry warm air pumped into the boat
and then ventilated is much better for this than the electric
mains supply oil heater
we also have on board for occasional use if we are in a marina with shore power
Would I fit it again? yes definitely, but might also look at a water
based hydronic system to heat the calorifier
too so there is hot water
on board for the shower
. Sadly we have a raw water
so it would need a new calorifier
with two heater circuits which just adds to the cost and complications. Also I do like a "keep it simple" approach to boat systems.