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CRAZYDAVEFOUR
Sep-18-2007 @ 5:58 PM                           Permalink
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Hi folks

I need some advice,

We intend to keep using our boat all winter, we should be able to get to the boat every other weekend and come down for all the school holidays.

when we bought the boat last winter she was plugged into shore power and has an electric greenhouse heater fitted in the engine bay which kept everything tickety boo despite the weather.

Where we are moored now we do not have the option of electric so I have considered placing a small parafin greenhouse heater in the engine bay, the one I have seen is like a small flying saucer in shape and contains 2.5 ltrs of parafin and will last for 14 days, obviously I will ensure there are no chance of any combustables coming into contact within the heaters "hot" points.

I may also install a self dishcharging fire extinguisher as an fire protection device within the engine bay

I wondered if any one had ever tried this solution in the past succesfully or is there a safer solution

THE WET STUFF SHOULD BE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOAT!!

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Sep-18-2007 @ 6:03 PM                           Permalink
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CD4,

Havent got a clue what you are on about, us sailies dont use heaters.

However, What would happen when that Richardson's boat with stag party onboard comes past at mach 1 with wash to match and your heater goes over?



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Hi Gary

I did not really make it clear, this heater is not for use on the river but when the boat is on its own mooring and we have gone home for the fortnight to save us draining down, pumping out, etc every weekend we come down.

The heater I have in mind cannot fall over as it is a flying saucer shape and just provides a background heat to keep the frost off, more of a frost guard than a heater.

THE WET STUFF SHOULD BE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOAT!!


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Winters just aren't that cold nowadays. I just wouldn't worry. Bring a good woman with you, no probs!!

At worst you could use a battery powered sump heater with thermostatic control, and a windmill charger to keep the battery happy.

Jenny Morgan,

P.S. Aunt Agatha she say, 'Yew can allus tell a Norfick man, but yew carnt tell 'im much'.

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Dave,

Dont the stag parties come past your moorings at break neck speed then?  Playful

I, and I dont know why, am concerned that it has the ability to spill its contents and then catch light. Be it on your moorings or in the middle of the river.

If that dont work I'm sure Roya will take your boat for a chug every couple of day, for a price of course.  Wink

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Dave mate
please no.NO NO NO NO

sorry mate but its blooming dangerous,
90% of hire boats sit it out in the water over winter and seem to survive.

If you cant get to your boat  just pm me if you are worried and i will go look for you.

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I'd drain the water tank and just bring bottled water for the odd weekend

Pauline

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Hi Dave

Two things come to mind here. Firstly, burning any fossil fuel produces water vapour as a by product, so you'll end up with lots of nice condensation on all the cold surfaces. Secondly, as Roya says, it is a tad dangerous; could you imagine if, God forbid, something did catch fire, what the insurance company might say?

I use my boat throughout the winter and I just stick a bit of lagging in the appropriate places and before I leave the boat run some anti-freeze through the sea cock inlet.

Steve

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Dave
As you know I use mine all year and where I am moored I can "see" the sun most of the time.
That is surprising how much heat actually gets into the boat even mid winter when the dyke I am in has had ice on it.

I know where you moor but not too sure about the location for getting any sun.

As your roof is a blue colour then that would absorb more heat than my white one.
Also you are quiet sheltered in the basin.

I would be very worried about any naked lights being left unattended.



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Hi Crazy,

We use our boat all winter, all we do is, make sure the taps are open and there is plenty of anti freeze in the engine(remember to put anti freeze in your top up as well).
We moor at Ranworth and although the broad has frozen on several occasions, our boat has always been fine.(now touching wood Scared )

Andy

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