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Old 11-22-2015, 11:24 PM   #6
Jay N
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City: Edmonds, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: WESTERLY
Vessel Model: 1974 Pacific Trawler 37
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 434
Hi Step - Congrats on your "new" Pacific Trawler.

Let's talk configuration for a minute. If you are considering a single hot air heater to provide hot air using your existing air ducts, you may need to consider a relatively large furnace to make that happen. Many Pacific Trawler's have a hot air furnace for the galley/pilothouse/fwd stateroom in addition to a Dickinson heater for the main cabin. This means that the hot air furnace does not need to be as large.

And the Dickinson cabin heater is a very nice choice of quiet warmth during shoulder seasons. Which brings up what should be the first question: Will you be cruising when it's 20F and the frigid NE wind is blowing out of the Fraser River Valley?

If you haven't already, you need to get some advice on BTU's required for each cabin area based on your cruising needs, then look at options that satisfy your needs.

WESTERLY has an Espar D5L hot air furnace forward, and a Dickinson Alaska in the main cabin aft. It all works very well down to 25F or so. We've had good service from the Espar, the first one went around 8,000 hours/12 years with regular maintenance.
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