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Nibbs

RO# 24454

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  10:20:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone installed a cockpit heater in a Chap Sig? The Admiral is often cold when we return after dark, and I thought this might be a good solution (no wise cracks please). HeaterCraft has a version with what they call "hot tubes" which are flexible tubes that can be extended 6-8 feet, and can be used to vent under a blanket, or into a person's jacket (resulting in a Michelin Man affect).

What I can't figure out is where to insall one of these. My first thought was in the engine compartment, but they are not ingition protected, which could result in an un-desirable level of BTUs. I also don't know if the gunnels have enough width.

Your thoughts?

Homeport: The Muddy Midwest

jbacchi

RO# 18970

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  10:59:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We use a $60 stand up heater from walmart that works great with the isenglass up.


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Nibbs

RO# 24454

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  11:06:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does that run off of your genset, or is it DC powered?

I don't have a gennie, so I need either a DC unit, or someting comming off of the engine coolant.



Edited by - Nibbs on Feb 08 2007 11:09:54

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MAXUM27

RO# 19938

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  11:34:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nibs,
Try these guys their coolant heaters look good

http://www.espar.com/htm/applies/marine.htm



"A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion"

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jbacchi

RO# 18970

Posted - Feb 08 2007 :  12:09:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nibbs

Does that run off of your genset, or is it DC powered?

I don't have a gennie, so I need either a DC unit, or someting comming off of the engine coolant.



I run it off the genset. Sorry I dont have a solution for you



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Type-A

RO# 24241

Posted - Nov 06 2007 :  11:24:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Nibbs





Granted I don't have a Sig 300 but I did install one on my Crownline 225ccr and Crownline 262cr. In the 262ccr, I installed it in a empty compartment down below (that way you will draw air out of the cuddy, plus it is warmer down there). I ran 1 vent in the cuddy and 2 in the cockpit - in the gunwhales.

I have tried a regular 110 volt ceramic heater but that just kills my 2 deep cycles quickly (especially if the engine if off).


Russ
Oshkosh, WI

2005 Cruisers Yachts 300 Express

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