Where to install a boat diesel heater

A decent heater can transform the winter sailing. Let’s finds out how the professionals go about installing a boat diesel heater. In this case, we will be checking where about the boat is recommended to install it so you are prepared when you get yours installed.

Why Installing a boat heater?

Installing a boat heater will transform the whole experience in winter. So right before winter is the best time to have a boat diesel heater installed. It can transform the most chilly mornings to a glorious morning ready to face the day you just started. Before you get installed the boat heater, you can prepare the boat by stripping out cushions and equipment, it will make installing a heater a lot easier.

Choosing a diesel heater depends on the size of your boat and your budget. Installing a heater means a lot of work in confined spaces, it involves some unusual tools you probably don’t have, and a badly-installed heater can kill you. Any one of those is good enough reason to get a professional, approved by your heater’s manufacturer, to install it for you.

Where should we install it?

The prime consideration is the ducting route. Where do you want to heat? Is there enough space for the installer to work? Ideally, ducting holes should be cut through wooden panels rather than the GRP frames. Not only is drilling easier but, more importantly, you won’t compromise the internal structure of the boat.

The ducting route defines where the heater can be fitted. Some diesel heaters specifically need to be mounted horizontally or vertically. Fitting your heater close to the fuel tank and batteries will make life easier and Toby made sure the heater’s location allowed ducting runs without sharp angles – every 90° bend loses 5% of the heat.

Finally, think about the exhaust outlet. If you stow fenders on the pushpit, an exhaust outlet there will melt them in seconds. And remember, there needs to be space for a swan neck on the exhaust, to prevent water entering the heater.

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