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Old 01-31-2013, 08:14 PM   #21
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:13 PM   #22
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Hello GalaxyGirl,

We have been aboard for 5 yrs in Baltimore. We tried to heat the boat the first year with reverse cycle and space heaters - when the boat was 48 degrees inside, we decided to install a ITR hydronic heater (diesel fired boiler). The boat is now 70 degreess all the time. With 50amp electric service, that pretty much limits you two 4 space heaters.
We do not shrink wrap becasue we would loose access to adjust lines, adjust dinghy cover, etc.
We do put house style windows shrink plastic on all windows.
For electric - shore power is relied upon but there is always the battery house bank and inverter if needed, with the genset as a backup to that.
Hi Henry!!
I am currently in the buying phase of moving aboard a Trawler and it will most likely be in Baltimore as well. Your installed "hydronic" heater...can you provide me with a source and any installation issues?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:49 PM   #24
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:54 PM   #26
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One thing I haven't noticed mention of is block heaters for all the engines on board. These are wonderful for many reasons, especially if you are in an area where there are weather opportunities to go boating during the winter.
I've always tended not to use the block heaters on my Cummins 450C engines, not knowing if they can be left on full time. Do you know if they can?

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Old 02-01-2013, 06:20 AM   #27
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I've always tended not to use the block heaters on my Cummins 450C engines, not knowing if they can be left on full time. Do you know if they can?

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Not sure which ones you have, but both the Wolverine pad heater and the Zerostart immersion heaters advise to turn them off before you start the engines and while running them. Otherwise I leave mine on all the time. Getting the thermostats for them is a must in my book, saves energy and keeps the temp consistent.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:38 AM   #28
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"With 50amp electric service, that pretty much limits you two 4 space heaters."

Most marine 50A service is 240V @ 50A per leg.

Decades ago 120V 50A was at some docks , but hardware is hard to find today.

Today's 240V 50A will run a whole lot more than 4 1500w heaters,

Till the electric goes out .

Real (oil fired) heat is always best for a liveaboard.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:59 PM   #29
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Stephen, You were looking for a tech who does heat and air in Baltimore Harbor. Try Woody Sherrod. 410-752-2870. He did the AC on my Independence Trawler. Smart, quick, very clean work. Fair price. Also put heat in my friends 50' Wide body Marine Trader. Worth a cal.
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Thanks guys. All really helpful.

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We live full-time in the PNW as well (Poulsbo actually). We found a dehumidifier, while rather noisy, has proven very effective at reducing the sweating inside the boat when the outside temps drop. Also provides a very nice source of distilled water for the batteries. For heat we use a Hurricane hydronic furnace and it basically runs 10-12 hours per day during the really cold snaps. We keep the thermostats set at 68* in the salon and 60-65* in the staterooms.

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Living on the gulf coast we have such mild winters compared to everyone else, but having a dehumidifier on the boat has made a huge difference this year. I'm looking at moving up north and living aboard so thanks for all the extra info everyone :-)
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