Heating system onboard
This may be a subject that does not immediately appeal to everyone. Perhaps because you only sail in very sunny and warm areas, or that the Viking blood runs through your veins? Anyway. A few weeks ago, I picked up the Excess 11 that will be on display in Duesseldorf in 2023. Before departure in Les Sables d olonnes, I welcomed the owner and a friend of mine on a frozen jetty in a chilly morning sun -2.5 degrees Celsius. The deck under a layer of ice and the jetties frozen white. Refuelling water was not possible as everything was closed. A very cold and dark trip of over 600NM lay ahead but luckily a technical employee of Nova Yachting had installed an Eberspracher hot-air diesel heater a day before. The yard does not currently offer a heating system. Now the question travels to what extent is this necessary? How many boats leave Les Sables starboard heading north? Are there other cruising areas where a built-in heater might be useful? What is the usefulness of a heater (besides heating also drying?) and what may such a system cost on board. Pure luxury and comfort or also preservation of a dry boat? And which type of heating is preferred, water vs hot air heating? Thanks for your feedback. Greetings from a cold, windy and wet Netherlands.
Position of the anchor chain
I am the future owner of an Excess 11, a boat I’ve carefully studied. I’m intending to make a modification to the non-structural part through...