Best Engine Room Heater

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  1. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    SimpliSafe is cellular as my marina doesn't have Wi-Fi. Temp, water, smoke, CO, motion & door switches...
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  2. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    Mine was around $400 5.5 years and then last year they upgraded&replaced every single component for FREE !!!
    https://simplisafe.com/?subtag=tomshardware-us-5646832065558350000 50% sale going on... If you go with them please let them know the referral was from markdflaten AT gmail.com. Thank you.
     
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  4. SeaNile

    SeaNile Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Chadds Ford, PA
    2003 50 Sundancer
    2007 20 SunDeck
    Cummins QSM11
    Just bought a Twin Hornet for the bilge. Comes on automatically at 38 or 40. I want a heater to put in the bilge that will keep it toasty warm. Suggestions? Would be nice to keep the bilge around 60 or so.
     
  5. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Are you storing in the water or on the hard?
     
  6. SeaNile

    SeaNile Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Chadds Ford, PA
    2003 50 Sundancer
    2007 20 SunDeck
    Cummins QSM11
    In the water this year. Just got home from winterizing the engines, generator and fresh water system. Air conditioning system was a major PITA and I couldn't get the pump to prime at all to run the pink through. Can't access the discharge ports to blow air.

    I have one cabin heater and will add a second to keep it nice and warm. Looking to do the same for the bilge. I should have installed block heaters on the engines but ran out of time.
     
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  7. alnav

    alnav Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 16, 2009
    West River, MD
    40 MY
    QSB 425
    BoatSafe kicks in at 55 degrees.
     
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  8. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
  9. SeaNile

    SeaNile Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Chadds Ford, PA
    2003 50 Sundancer
    2007 20 SunDeck
    Cummins QSM11
    Been looking all over for these! Just ordered 2 of the 250w version for my QSM11s. Pretty sure there is plenty of room to attach to the bottom of the pad. Just hope the power cord is long enough, especially for the starboard engine.
     
  10. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    I have one each on the oil pans on my 3126's. The pans are warm to the touch every time I check them.
     
  11. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Remember, we also get some longer lasting lower temps as opposed to Mark's slip, especially since he is in a sweet boat house.
     
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  12. SeaNile

    SeaNile Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Chadds Ford, PA
    2003 50 Sundancer
    2007 20 SunDeck
    Cummins QSM11
    Forgot that the QSM11 holds 7.5 gallons or about 30q of oil. The 250w won't cut it for what I need. Cancelled the order and going with the 500w version which is recommended for 13-27q.
     
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  13. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy w/15hp
    3126 Cat's
    Wow, I thought mine were heavy at 6.25 gallons each...
     
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  14. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    I use a twin hornet and it works exactly as described. When it was 0 degrees in Texas two winters ago, it was 45-50 in my bilge. Drops down to 37, kicks back on. Sine wave for an entire week. Worked beautifully.
     
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  15. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
  16. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    Reel Nauti
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
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  17. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    How do you get power in your engine compartment for a heater? I have a cockpit outlet though using it will require me to crack the engine hatch. I paid the service shop to hardwire the engine compartment, adding a panel breaker, on the 330DA years ago. No time for that right now.
     
  18. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    May have to pull a side panel or fish below the sink and run it to the ER.
     
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  19. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2003 420DA, 6CTAs
    NA
    Before I installed an outlet in the ER, I removed one of the inspection plates in the floor of the transom locker and ran the extension cord through it. You will have inspection plates made to access the pins on the hatch actuator cylinders.

    Bennett
     
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  20. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Very happy with Twin Hornet and Govee - both are performing well:





     

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