WEB Q&As

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QWHICH WAY UP? What might be the op­ti­mum ca­pac­ity for a nar­row­boat’s calori­fier, and is a ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal model prefer­able? ALAN TIMMIS, via the CB web­site

ATONY REPLIES: I get the impression that more hor­i­zon­tally fit­ted ones can fail in­ter­nally, but as with all things boaty, it’s a com­pro­mise with the space it takes up and boat de­sign. I doubt you will ever have enough hot wa­ter for all sit­u­a­tions, so again it’s a com­pro­mise be­tween cost, space, and max­i­mum ca­pac­ity. The greater the ca­pac­ity, the hot­ter the wa­ter is likely to be in the morn­ing. Think about how the wa­ter is heated; how many peo­ple will be show­er­ing; is a wash­ing ma­chine in­volved? My 16-gal­lon one is fine on a boat that is ba­si­cally a two-berth, but oc­ca­sion­ally sleeps up to seven – but then, the kids don’t shower if they can help it…

I would ad­vise twin coils: it’s cheaper than buy­ing a new one if you later fit cen­tral heat­ing or a back boiler.

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