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Old 12-30-2009, 02:01 PM   #1
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As i enter this post I am looking out at my sailboat and longing for warm weather. It is 15 deg F. this morning . I expect to launch early spring and spend summer in the NE. This past fall I spent a month on the water and loved every minute of it. I am retired now and have the time to cruise full time. Although I have owned sailboats for 25 years I was a part time sailor due to employment, now I have the time to go. I am looking into different types of heating systems and want to install a perment system before launching

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Old 12-30-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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Boy, can I sympathize with winter blues. Right now we're in our "summer house" (holiday mode) just a few miles south of you in NJ, and the temp. this am was 14*F. Peter is ready to bolt, our boat is in Florida and so should we. Difficult year for us, but the new year looks to be very, very promising.

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What make of sailboat do you have? I gather that heating systems are fairly dependent upon size of boat and ease of ducting and venting. (no, I haven't a clue what works, but others on this board do).


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Old 12-30-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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I have a Columbia 30, that I have spent the last 3 years restoring. Last fall I used a electric space heater that worked well, however at anchor the 2000 Honda Generator, although quiet, was too much noise for me. I was thinking of a Wallas stove/heater combo, however the only dealer in US is on the west coast. The Wallas I understand is a good unit,but if you do have problems they must be returned for service as very little can be repaired by a "handy man". I have sufficient solar to cook and bake with under most conditions.and the Honda for backup. The Wallas is a diesel stove and has a lid with a fan that supplies hot air heat for heating. I do not have a lot of money invested in cooking with electric--a combo microwave/convection that I can use at home and a hot plate. Baking bread would pull 90 amps from batteries, but only for 30 minutes. I can run the convection oven off the generator if necessary. I have 400 amps at 12v storage, 260 watts solar and will be adding more.
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