It was always a site but the content was not the same. They really have spruced it up with all new pages. There still are a few odd things about it . The spare parts
are not really current
. The old units used A Walbro bellows diesel pump. That part is no longer made. The belows eventually go bad and it leaks
(mine did). The new ones have no bellows but do use a separate regulator
. I would not use an old Walbro pump. It can be anything that can self regulate to 2.5 lbs. The adjustment is at the needle valve on the heater.
I saw they added an auto shutoff for the flue temperature. That would be a good idea. The heater really can put out the heat. Ours is directly plumbed to the forward fuel tank
. You can use a small in-line fuel filter
as they don't need much filtering
I really would not use it under sail. Mine is mounted pretty far forward just in front of the mast
step. The chimney cap is mounted just a few inches above the deck
. I have a flat solid cap I put on it with rigging
tape. For me it could also be a sheet catcher when the real cap is mounted. I can also take water
on deck at the mast
They are a reasonable price
and have few moving parts
. The chimney vents the moisture generated by the combustion and anything that you really need to be warm with will saturate the cabin
if you don't vent the stove. You must learn to manually set the flow rate and adjust the damper. Getting it a little off can yield soot in the cabin
. You may not see it but after a winter aboard you'll need to scrub all the walls and surfaces. It can impregnate the upholstery.
I would use caution attempting to force the intake air. Turbo charging
the heater could yield some undesired effects. It drives the temperature really high. Because Hal Roth did it is not a sure sign you should do it too. For the NE US I don't see that extra trubo charging
is required. These heaters do generate a lot of heat just the way they are.
For something better a truck heater is all self contained and has an electric
blower and runs on a thermostat and are exceptionally efficient and totally effective. They cost more. Friends with a sister ship sail out of Marblehead, MA and swear by it. Having a good heater in the NE is clearly a good idea.