altWe thought this was a good time to remind our readers that there are a number of highly effective heating systems that you could have onboard to extend your cruising season, but without needing shore power, or running a generator.

I know it's tough to beat the comfort and efficiency of a reverse cycle system that provides heat, dehumidification and air conditioning for year-round comfort, but almost all of these systems need either shore power, or a big load of 110 V AC from a generator system. When you're away from shore, traveling from A to B, it's nice to stay warm, dry and comfortable without needing to run your generator.

That's even more significant on a sailboat where the generator noise is usually much more noticeable than it is on a power boat where the engines are running anyway. Of course, on the hook, silence is one of the great rewards so the less noise you get from the heating system the better.

Onboard heating systems are available for boats from the mid-20 foot range to superyacht sizes; some smaller systems start under $600. Some can make use of a handful of charcoal briquettes to deliver heat, some use kerosene and by far the most popular choice is diesel fuel. Diesel is especially attractive because you probably have a big tank full of diesel onboard anyway and there are systems that can do great job of keeping your boat warm, dry and comfortable using less than two gallons a day.

Part of the efficiency is because these stoves convert diesel fuel directly into heat with no "middle man" generator or other equipment involved. Here are a few of the heating choices on the market today that can help you extend your cruising season.

Whether we're talking about a power boat or sailboat, no matter how big the boat, space is always at a premium. Two companies that produce diesel heater systems that can be installed behind a bulkhead or in a locker out of sight and out of mind are products from Webasto and Espar.

The diesel fuel Webasto and Espar marine air heating systems are cost-effective and their high-performance warm air circulation systems quickly brings the boat interior up to the desired temperature. Fully independent from the engine, these marine air heating systems are extremely quiet.

The Webasto Marine Air Heating System Air Top 2000 ST is especially compact and the smallest Webasto air heater in their extensive line is economical and features convincing heat output.

One of the most delightful choices would be a stove or bulkhead heater from Dickinson Marine in British Columbia. They offer a range of diesel heaters that use 12V fan blowers with 24V or 32V models available. I like the little NEWSF heater that burns a handful of briquettes, a few bits of wood or even coal and it can make up to 8000 BTU on high setting yet it costs just $538. The warm glow and the drying effect on a damp fall day are so pleasant that you will look forward to fall just to enjoy it.

A company called International Thermal Research sells a selection of heating systems; some can incorporate the use of engine heat to supplement diesel fuel heat and as well as cabin heating, the Hurricane SCH-25 system can also deliver hot water. Very useful!

Perhaps one of the most innovative choices in the market is from a Finnish company called Wallas. While Wallas builds a range of products including heaters that operate on either diesel fuel or kerosene, the one that catches our eye is the diesel-fueled Wallas cooktop for your galley. What makes this so innovative is that it can be operated in the closed position with a 12V blower that blows the heat from the stove top out into the cabin.

Wallas is the only manufacturer we know of to offer combination cooktop heater units. The burning process in Wallas products is based on laminar combustion and the process is virtually silent, requiring no exhaust sound attenuation. In addition, the combustion process is also very clean.

Whether you find yourself hauling the boat and ending the season now, or you are courageously sailing on with numb hands and chattering teeth, think about what you would gain by having a non-electric onboard heating system. Perhaps your favorite dealer or service shop can still install one for this year but if it's too late now, don't forget that you will want it again next April!

 

Installing Your Own Heating System

Many of the manufacturers offer their products in a kit form that is usually quite complete and includes in-depth instructions on the procedures required for a proper, safe installation. Typically, these kits come with the heater and enough material to complete the install by a person who has what we would describe as advanced mechanical, electrical, and carpentry skills. After all, you are cutting into your own boat!

alt

Depending on the kit, the heater and fuel pump, heater mount, exhaust elbow, drip leg, double weave exhaust hose, fibreglass sleeve (for covering exhaust hose), wiring harness, fuel tank pick-up, heater duct vents and Y connectors, exhaust thru hull, digi controller, heater duct hose, numerous hose clamps and fasteners are all included.

alt

Normally on a sailboat, the heaters are installed in a cockpit locker and exhaust on the stern or high up the side at the stern. Some installations might require wood stringers to be fibreglassed to the hull for a mount to secure the heater.

alt

Barry Lamont recommends that you install the fibreglass sleeve (in kit) over the exhaust hose, then use a piece of heater duct over this because the exhaust gasses are hot and could melt a fender or burn flesh if you make contact.

alt

The thermostat control looks like a regular part of the helm equipment but Barry cautions to mount it out of the sun and down low enough to eliminate the effect of rising heat.

alt

When you do the install, plan a way to get a vent into the head area at a level where the heat can rise and move the heat through the space.

Barry Lamont at Sea Tech Marine in Ontario has installed many Espar heating systems. He pointed out that Espar and some other companies offer an online guide you can use when sizing a new heater. As an example, Espar offers systems from 6000 to 41000 BTU. List prices on three of their marine kits range from $3,000 to $4,000!

By Andy Adams

Destinations

  • Prev
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...
The New Glasgow marina is located about six miles up the East River of Pictou in the heart of the ...
The British Virgins took a huge hit last fall from Irma. Boats were stranded on the shore by the ...
Located about half way between Shediac and the Miramichi on New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast, the town ...
Suddenly the once forsaken city of Hamilton, Ontario is booming for at least two good reasons.
The Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) invites all sailors to join a cruising rally from the ...
Long popular with New England and St. John area boaters, Passamaquoddy Bay is too often overlooked ...

CYOB Destinations: We Visit the Hilton Beach Marina

Hilton BeachBy Amelia Morris

Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population 200!), which I am lucky enough to call my cottage country, is located on the north-east coast of St. Joseph Island. The Hilton Beach Marina is one of the largest and most major ports of call in the Western North Channel. It also has a long and rich history dating back to the 1850’s.

I spoke with Marina Manager, Laura McRae and got the full scoop on what goes on in this inconspicuous but busy marina.

Read more about Hilton Beach Marina....

 

 

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
On Thursday last week, at age 88, Bruce Kirby has been invested into the Order of Canada for his ...
The Olympic Qualification Regatta is now being held in Aarhus Denmark with unlimited entries. That ...
The demographics of sailing are changing, and more women are getting involved and are often rooted ...
Whether he’s sailing celebrities around the BVI’s or sailing an Etchell back home at his native ...
POTW input is irresistible, so this time you get a couple. And don’t forget to send your own Photo ...
After a good night’s sleep, it was a lot easier to work my way through checking into the US. I ...
This photo from a CPS member shows how talented boaters are. Brenda Cochrane from Kelowna BC, a ...
The first part of this blog will show that not every day is blue sky and sunshine in the Bahamas!
This beauty came our way from Reel Deal Yachts in Bahia Mar, Florida. Why not charter for the ...
This new legislation from Washington State Department of Fisheries applies to boats launched in ...

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
At the boat shows, the Ranger Tugs’ classic tugboat lines always grab the crowds, with the wives ...
Sometimes a great idea requires an encore, and French yacht builder Jeanneau got that with the ...
Tactical Custom Boats announces the sale to a North American client of a custom Tactical 77’ – Fast ...
Bruce Elliott is an inventor. And when he sold the technology he developed to build utility poles ...
One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done ...
The latest new model from Cruisers Yachts is the Cantius 42 and this yacht made its debut in the ...
The Sabre 45 Salon Express is new for 2017, making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International ...
Jeanneau’s newest NC model is the NC 33, and it’s an exciting and innovative inboard cruiser ...
The Four Winns H290OB combines two of the most popular new big boat trends to come up with a great ...
Commodore’s Boats is a full service shipyard with over 50 years of generational history and ...

 

Scarab 255 Open

Scarab 255 OpenBy Andy Adams and John Armstrong

You can imagine,at the GroupeBeneteau dealer meeting in Michigan last fall where all the Four Winns, Scarab, Wellcraft, and Glastrondealers had come to see the latest new models, the docks were lined up with gleaming brand-new boats to show the dealers and media – and they certainly put on a show! But for me, the Scarab 255 Open was an immediate stand out. This is a boat that breaks new ground and brings fresh thinking and interpretation of the boating experience to a wide range of buyers.

We had a quick look around but the test drives would have to wait until the next day.

Read more about the Scarab 255 Open....

 

 

 

 

Marine Products

  • Prev
Stripping the antifouling paint from the bottom of a boat is physically demanding and is one of the ...
The 2019 Ultimate Sailing Calendar highlights the drama and excitement of blue-water sailing, as ...
Weather nerds and boaters of all stripes will be absorbed by Bruce Kemp’s account of the monstrous ...
Canada Rope promises that its new Night Saver Rope will illuminate at night and act as a reference ...
Take a look as a 68-foot yacht docks itself in between two Volvo Ocean 65 sailing yachts at the ...
Industry Firsts Include Direct Injection and Integrated Electric Steering System
Verviers, Belgium, 18 May 2018 — Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion technology, ...
Again, we return to the beginning. We started this column with a look at marine navigation for ...
Ga-Oh (spirit of the winds in Algonquin) creates bags and other items from re-purposed sails.
The 2018 Northwest Boat Travel Guide just arrived. This time of the year is the perfect time for ...