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Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:47am

Post Subject: Heating.

I would like to change my heating system from, Gas Alde, to Diesel. As I am recentley widowed it would be more convenient than moving the large gas cylinders about. I was going to Webasto but have now been told Eberspacher is far better. I have a 40ft NB. with 4 rads. (2 Lrge, 1 Sml & Towel rail) Could you advise which you think might suit me best. Thank You. Jess.


Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:32pm

Post Subject: Heating.

Dear Jess, I am afraid the big three diesel boiler makers have gathered something of a reputation amounts the inland community. I understand one may have lost a court case, another is advertising an alleged advantage of their offering by implying a problem the others have with red diesel. Another requires a visit from a service engineer plus laptop to reset after certain faults occur and so on. To be absolutely honest I do not think any of the big three would be a wise decision. Some people swear by them whilst others have nothing but problems. I went through this process and in the end chose an Alde despite the alleged poor gas consumption. I have yet to come across a boatyard that would not fit the cylinders when asked and I often have problems being allowed to put my 19kg cylinder aboard the boat so if all you are concerned about is the cylinders I suspect that could be overcome by simply asking for help - I am sure fellow boaters would be happy to help if they are able and are asked. There is a diesel boiler made in Canada and distributed by Calcutt boats that I think you ought to look at. It is called the Hurricane and it seems to get far less of a bad name than any of the others. As I will not use diesel heating I can not recommend it but it would be my choice if I did go for diesel. Tony Brooks

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