This will be my first winter living aboard
. We are in Minnesota
so it gets real cold. -25 to -30 F at times.
Iím about a week away from finishing my winter heater
So for the time being Iím using my new Cruisaire AC on reverse flow as a heat pump
. So far it been perfect for my boat
. It will freeze you in the summer and roast you for now. I know there is a limit on how cold the water
can be. Itís said 38-40 deg F. At some point there is no longer enough heat in the water
and it will lose efficiency. The instructions say 40 deg. I measured the water today at 46 deg. Iím told it wonít go much below this for another month. That remains to be seen. The river is in beginning flood stage now some 10 feet higher than normal. Itís a record
year for high water levels.
I just measured the output air at 107 deg F. Itís heating
us nicely. The unit runs a bit longer than usual but it down in the 30ís to low 40ís at night. It was 50 most of the day today and will be like this for the week.
Iím trying to get the heater
installed and running even if the ducting isnít complete as soon as possible. Itís a diesel
air heater. All the other liveaboards use propane
except one that heats with wood. Iím scared of using propane
in this small of space in a gasoline boat
. Plus the moisture they give off is huge. Some use thru hull
furnaces like RVís. But even this is scary in my mind.
the water temp every day and output temp frequently.
So how cold can we go? Maybe Iíll set a record
but Iíd rather not ruin my new AC.