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Old 09-22-2020, 04:15 PM   #1
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Marine Hot Water Tank

Well it is time for a new hot water tank as well as relocating the new tank into the engine room instead of the lazarette in order to retain more heat. What are the brands out there on the forum that people are happy with.
For the sake of room, we are considering 11 gals (same as before) or going a little larger.
Brands we are looking at are;
- Raritan - steel tank.... Is this a concern?
- Isotherm
- Quick Nautical Equipment
- Sigmar
A circular tank that can mount vertically would best fit the space.

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Old 09-22-2020, 05:19 PM   #2
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Just did a quick search for them and found this one. Quick Nautic Boiler B3 4012SL 11 Gal 1200W w/Heat Exchanger [FLB34012SLV0C01] I donít know anything about it but it has a 319 S/S tank and a heat exchanger. Says it can be mounted vertically or horizontally. Might give it a look. I like the 316 tank.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:40 PM   #3
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I had a look at this one. On Practical Sailor water heater test it ranked #1. I agree, a stainless tank is the best option.
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I like the 316 vs say a 304 S/S. The price is comparable to the Raritan with the glass coated steel tank.
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The big potential advantage of the Raritan is parts are available as it is made in the US which can be a bonus.
Does anyone out there have any experience with Raritan? Not many Google reviews
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We put a Raritan in a friends boat a couple of years ago but then he sold the boat so really donít have any long term usage with it.
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I used a 19gal from Lowes.
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I replaced my Hot water tank a couple of years ago. The old one was a Torrid, and it lasted a long time, 20 years. This is the thread discussing possible repair.
https://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/...ank-41870.html

They have excellent customer service and you should consider them given your location. They aren't available here in Australia. So I went with a Raritan. I regard it as a good brand also.
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Thanks Brian for the information. Thank you. Tried following the link and it produced an error. Forum also doesn't have a "search" bar that I can find.

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Thanks Brian for the information. Thank you. Tried following the link and it produced an error. Forum also doesn't have a "search" bar that I can find.

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I just checked the link, and it worked for me!

If you are on a computer (rather than phone or tablet, which may be different) then Search is easy. It is in the horizontal coloured banner near the top of the page. Click Search, choose Advanced Search and enter Torrid and it will bring up quite a few threads.
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Buy a supply of anodes with whatever you buy.
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Brian. Just had a read of your post on your old Torrid. Great post. Obviously I was looking with a wrong chromosome as my wife would say. Search button very easy to find...
So you're in favour of Torrid. What did you end up replacing it with?
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Definitely not a bad idea to get a couple anodes. We change our house HWT anodes every 2 years.
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I have a 12 gal. Raritan and I think it can claim to be long lived. Original to the boat and the boat is 43 yrs old and climbing.
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Brian. Just had a read of your post on your old Torrid. Great post. Obviously I was looking with a wrong chromosome as my wife would say. Search button very easy to find...
So you're in favour of Torrid. What did you end up replacing it with?
I replaced with a Raritan, mostly because it had a very similar size and shape and could thus be installed with minimal other changes.

Some folks have commented on anodes, and it is a valid consideration. Part of the problem with my old Torrid was that the long anode was inserted via the top of the tank, and there was insufficient room above the tank in my ER to be able to do it. Design has likely changed by now, but its something else to keep in mind
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C lectric, thats a healthy claim in favour of Raritan.
Brian, I think you're correct. The post you did mentions that Torrid has in fact moved the anode to the side which makes sense.
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I installed a Torrid to replace a Seaward. I like it a lot so far. Seems very well built and is a local WA company too. They sell them at Fisheries.
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We have a 15yo Raritan. Thought it was cactus recently, but it was just the wiring adjacent to the tank.
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I replaced with a Raritan, mostly because it had a very similar size and shape and could thus be installed with minimal other changes.

Some folks have commented on anodes, and it is a valid consideration. Part of the problem with my old Torrid was that the long anode was inserted via the top of the tank, and there was insufficient room above the tank in my ER to be able to do it. Design has likely changed by now, but its something else to keep in mind
Interesting thread, thanks for the input Brian.
I have a 30 year old Torrid, 17 gal version. I noticed another poster mentioning the 1/2Ē air gap below and the pressure relief valve with a drain hose to bilge, which are on mine.
Iím still assuming the old unit is on borrowed time.....
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Have a Seaward that is at least 16 yrs. old. Not even sure if it has anodes. We use it for 4-5 months solid every year and then drain it for the winter.

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