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By Mike McReynolds (anim8or) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 10:25 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
With the winter months approaching I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of a small battery powered heater that would be safe for boat use. I have an older boat w/o a heater and would like to warm up my hands and feet after wakeboarding. It wouldn't need to heat up the whole boat, just enough to get my hands warm. Does anyone know if such a product exists? I have a power inverter that I could use to power it, but I'd prefer it would be battery operated since I'm not sure how much electricity the cigarette lighter is meant to handle. Any ideas?

By Lance (uga33) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 11:10 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
How bout this


By Mike McReynolds (anim8or) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 11:18 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
not bad. uses propane though so it may be hotter than what I need...makes me think there might be a fire danger if I keep it near the carpet. anybody ever used it?
By bsflower (tcluv85) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 11:47 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
One idea is to use those heat pack things they use for ski/snowboarding to put in their gloves and boots to warm up.

I think one brand is called Grabber Mycoal 20 Hour Warmer Packs.

By Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 11:51 am:    Edit Post Delete Post

I would not recommend trying to get heat from your 12 volt electrical system.

Your best bet would be to install a heater system that works off the engine cooling water, such as what is available from Heatercraft or similar. These can crank out enough heat to beat the chill back for all the front seat occupants. I have one of these on my boat and in the early spring and late fall it is common sight to see the crew riding huddled up front, covered with a blanket, and the vent hose from the heater pulled out and held under the blanket!

The propane catalytic heaters can be great for heating up a larger area. They do get really hot, so be double/triple sure that you have it secured in a safe spot where it can't possibly fall over.

One possible exception to the 12 volt heater would be an electric blanket. I think I have seen 12 volt models, which would be great. If not, you could get a small 110 volt blanket and an inverter. I wouldn't go more than 300 watts. A real danger here, however, is if the blanket were to get wet. If it was 12 volt operated it wouldn't be dangerous, but having 110 floating around in a ski boat is just scary.


By Darren Yearsley (ralph) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 1:13 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
It would be great if you could get underfloor heating installed in the boat, you could run it off the motor & the whole boat would be toasty.
By Mike McReynolds (anim8or) on Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 1:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Well, my boats a little too old to bother installing anything expensive...plus I live in southern California so I don't need anything too hardcore. Maybe I'll stick with the heat pack idea. Thought of using the power inverter on a heat-lamp, but my friend said if the bulbs get wet they have a tendency to explode, so thats probably not worth it.
By Susie (susieq) on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 6:16 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
these 12 volt blankets are grreat.

By ben (riverside) on Saturday, October 23, 2004 - 1:21 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
why don,t you install a heater from an old car?
i already made 4 of those heaters..take a volvo 740 heater radiator and a fan from a ford escort.
they charge 17 bucks at the car-dump or scrap-yard
i have also bought a original but the DIY give more heat..3 vent.


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