Nothing feels cozier than being on board your boat on a cold winter night with the heater going. Whether you live aboard or just cruise on the weekends, marine heaters give the freedom to cruise year-round. There are plenty of varieties of boat heaters available in the market including the propane cabin heaters, diesel boat heaters, electric heating systems, and small portable heaters manufactured by best brands.

The cabin heaters not only create warmth weather but are also used to eliminate the dampness that can penetrate cabin in cold weather. The cabin heaters are categorized in two distinct groups:

1. Direct heating – a standalone heater disperses warmth throughout the cabin by using the natural convection and radiation technology.

2. Indirect heating - heat from a remotely located unit is distributed throughout the boat like a domestic central heating system using the ducted hot air or hot water radiator system.

Where to install the boat cabin heaters?

The boat cabin heater can be installed in a variety of locations in either new or retrofit applications. The installation of the boat cabin heater is easier and the prime consideration for choosing the location is the ducting route. Look for the area where you want to heat and warmth if there is enough space to carry out the installation process. The cabin heaters can be installed by drilling through the wooden panels which will not affect the internal structure and designing of the boat.

Most of the time, the ducting route defines where the heater can be fitted. Fitting the heater close to the fuel tank and batteries is an easier option. Every 90-degree bend in the ducting loses 5% of the heat; therefore one should get the heater installed in areas which have minimum bends throughout. Additionally, it is important to look for the exhaust outlet when installing the cabin heater system. Look for space where there is space for a swan neck on the exhaust to prevent the water entering into the heater. An outlet in the cockpit tent of the boat is considered as the best option because it makes a big difference to life onboard in winter.

With modern day advanced technology, the boats are designed with the best available technology for improved performance and enhanced efficiency. With modern low-sulfur fuels a Diesel engine should produce very little visible smoke but due to some boats conditions like obstructed airways, excess fuel being injected to the cylinder or Worn valve seals and/or rings and cylinder walls allowing the engine to aspirate and burn lubricating oil along with fuel the smokes are visible.

In Webasto diesel heater white smoke is most likely to emit during cold start because diesel engine does not use spark plugs like petrol to ignite the fuel. To start the diesel in the morning it has to heat the cylinders up first and most diesel uses glows plugs and if they are not working how they should the cylinders will not heat up, it will be hard to start the diesel vehicle and will blow white smoke out the tailpipe. If you are facing such an issue then seek a professional help because installation, servicing and repairs of marine LPG, Gas, Diesel, and Solid Fuel heating and cooking appliances for boats and barges must be performed by skilled service providers.

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