Topic: Diesel Air Heater
Good day all!
I recently began paying attention to the shopping apps on my phone and noted that diesel air heaters have come down in price. The video link here discusses the same.
I am looking for opinions or experience with these things, particularly in connection with the Contessa 26.
I have already installed a very nice electric wall heater at the base of the hanging locker -- it does a very good job warming up the boat when on shore power. My inverter will also drive it with the limitation being the usual battery capacity.
Christmas is coming and I am thinking about purchasing one of these. (Yet more crap for my poor Contessa!)
In addition to the cabin, I thought it might be fun to rig an outlet into the cockpit so that one can warm one's hands on a cold day. Warmth is a high priority for my long-suffering spouse. :-)
Where to mount remains a question? The engine compartment makes the most sense to me, pushed up in the dead area between the aft edge of the compartment cover and the forward end of the lazarette. An alternative would be beneath the cockpit seats on the port side, between the hull and the manual bilge pump. It is another dead area on the boat. Access to either location for maintenance is not perfect; however it is a boat, and it seems that, by definition, access is always difficult.