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Old 05-22-2014, 07:58 AM   #41
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Ron, I will have the ability to use the generator to produce heated water via 110VAC. That's my entire point there would be 2 methods for heating water in my new to me Gulfstar. The solar collectors would require almost no power to produce heated water.
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Old 05-22-2014, 12:03 PM   #42
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There is no "best option" for a boat.....just the "best option" for the way it is used depending on it's occupants.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:32 AM   #43
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Ron, I will have the ability to use the generator to produce heated water via 110VAC. That's my entire point there would be 2 methods for heating water in my new to me Gulfstar.

Using the water that cools the gen set would allow a smaller higher loaded . more efficient noisemaker , and the heating coil is already on most marine HW units.

Co Generation , the wave of the future.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:47 PM   #44
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To dredge up an old thread..... Is it consensus that for a part time boat the extra money for a Raritan is worth the investment? I only use the boat for 5 months. The rest of the time she sits dry and blown out. Seems that I am wasting double or treble the money to replace the seaward. Is the glass lined tank worth it?
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Raritan is an excellent water heater because of it's glass lined tank. They tend to last a long time.

I don't like water heaters with aluminum tanks. If you open an old one there is often a strange jelly like deposit on the walls.

I like the Isotherm SPA water heaters. They have stainless tanks. They also have a mixing valve that allows you to heat your water hotter than you normally would. As you draw water, the mixing valve brings it down to a safe temperature by mixing in cold water. This way you can get as much hot water as if you had a larger tank.
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:42 AM   #46
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Isotemp SPA model. Thanks HopCar for the name brand. I hadn't found that brand yet. The Isotherm brands ALL come with the Stainless tank, the Tempering valve and water connections pre plumbed and ready to install. The 750 watt element is attractive also. The ability to upgrade to the 1500 watt is nice. Such a good product. Very professional. Good product. Thanks.


I priced a Kuuma, and Seaward. With the best internet price and buying an aftermarket tempering valve, with the stainless adapters it costs less to buy the Isotherm than retrofit a cheaper brand (with unlined aluminum tanks!)
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