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Old 14-05-2020, 07:40   #1
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heater question- 84' Newport 30 MKIII

I'm new to cruisers forum so apologies if I'm not asking this in the right place. I've been googling and poking around the forum for answers but I'm coming up short...

I am looking for a liveaboard to eventually take off-grid. Non-electric heaters are an important criteria for me. I asked a seller about the heating situation on their MKIII. They said, "It has a built in heater that runs off the engine (I believe), but we never used it, so don't know how well it works. It used to have a propane heater installed, but we removed it for child safety."

Q1: Is a built-in heater a thing?
Q2: Anyone know ballpark estimates of having a diesel heater professionally installed?

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Old 14-05-2020, 08:54   #2
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Re: heater question- 84' Newport 30 MKIII

Edit:
I contacted a marine service company near me. For a 30' sailboat, they said their smallest diesel heater would do and the parts are $3,350. They recommend doubling the cost of the parts for labor alone, so ~$7k. For a professional install it would run about $10k.
For self-installation, the rep said it wouldn't be too difficult on the smaller units since it's a bit easier to route the ducts, as long as you can vent the exhaust through a through-hull.
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Old 19-05-2020, 02:37   #3
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Re: heater question- 84' Newport 30 MKIII

Hi,

i bought a steel yacht in Tasmania / Australia , we are just a couple of days from the Soputh pole so is pretty fresh here.
The yacht had a cute little coal heater , totally useless so i went online , bought a 200.oo AUD chionese Diesel electric heater. Installed it with the help of a local person , Cost about 100.00 AUD.
I use it daily , it is the most essential item here otherwise you could not live on board.

Just for redundancy i bought a second heater and parts and i keep them tucked away in case. would take 1 hour to swap over if the current one dies.

check out the car/boat diesel electric heaters on Ebay.

Good luck
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Old 19-05-2020, 03:36   #4
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Re: heater question- 84' Newport 30 MKIII

For off grid living a non electric system will give best results

dickinsonmarine.com
Dickinson Marine // Quality Marine Products Since 1932 ..

Look at the Dickinson line of gear. Their Pacific range with a gravity feed tank is a common choice for NYC type cold. 20F at night 30F days.41 ft boat

Use the H type smoke head.
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