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Heater

The con­sen­sus in Patag­o­nia is that forced-air diesel heaters are too fussy and will let you down. Sim­ple diesel heaters are far more re­li­able. Our Sig­mar got a year of nearly con­tin­u­ous use and didn’t fail us. We also in­stalled a heater off of the en­gine cool­ing cir­cuit, which was in­valu­able for turn­ing waste heat from the mo­tor into a cozy in­te­rior.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Re­li­able ac­cess to weather fore­casts is in­valu­able. Our friends us­ing Win­link re­ported that it doesn’t work in the canals, and our Irid­ium sat­phone was un­re­li­able in Tierra del Fuego. Sail­mail has a Chilean sta­tion that pro­vides ex­cel­lent cov­er­age through­out Patag­o­nia. The long-run­ning Patag­o­nia cruis­ers net is a great way to keep in touch with other sailors on the move.

Fi­nally, learn some Span­ish be­fore you go; that’s the only lan­guage spo­ken by most Chileans in the south.

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