The Rebel Heart already has a water heater, that being an engine driven system that works well enough. But that doesn't seem that practical to me because running your engine all the time is ineffecient and will hurt your engine over the long run. Not only that, but it just seems kind of... lame, for lack of a better word.
The only type of hot water heater I've been interested in as of late is the Dickinson Marine Double Water Coil:
Which will apparently hold 20 gallons of water and keep it nice and warm, or as warm as the heater can get it. In order to install this, I'm looking at roughly $700 for a heater + $70 for the coils + $100 for a tank and some cables.
In addition to having some hot water, I also get the benefit of having some of that heat piped into the hanging locker, for example, making it a bit easier to dry out clothes. Maybe even put a small radiator in the V, but I don't want to chop up the interior needlessly if it isn't going to make a big difference.
The problems with this plan:
- It costs $1000. The worse part about this is that I already have a heater, so I'd be rebuying something needlessly.
- Freshwater is a delicate resource, and I don't want to install something that lets you shower from the fresh water tanks.
- It involves a lot of work that could go elsewhere.
- For showering, it doesn't solve the problem of pressurizing (delivering) the water, which then gets into accumulator tanks, pump, and more power.
I think I'm going to try the Linn & Larry method of using a garden sprayer. For under $80, I've got something that I can try out, and I wont feel like a total idiot if it doesn't pan out so well.
One thing I've learned about showering on a boat is that you shouldn't try to mimic your home based showering facility on a boat. It's an excercise in futility for starters, and you really don't need it. Well, if you're doing a land job and living on the boat that might be a different story, but I'll talk about that in another article.