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csmsk
04-11-2008, 09:42 PM
Hey guys,

A few of you wanted pixs of the heater installation that I did this winter, so I figured I'd throw 'em in here.

The project took me all day on a Saturday (6 hours, lunch, and a little more than a six pack). The total cost for the heater and all the parts came to about $550, but I used some expensive heater hose (GoodYear Hi-miler.... made in the USA!)

It works great! The Hot-tubes pull out about 6 feet. If you tuck one under your shirt or towel, it's almost TOO hot. Believe it or not, with the bow cover on, the heat actually stays in the boat for the most part!

Feel free to criticize, compliment, or ask questions.


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Finished product (what you can see)

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Front two HotTubes

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Rear two HotTubes (yes, I had to trim the rubber baseboard a tiny bit)

Here's what you can't normally see...

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Unit mounted under drivers side bow seat (opposite factory sub location)

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No loss of storage space!!!

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Ductwork from unit

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Ductwork to front HotTubes

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One hose ties in at the temperature sending unit.
The other goes to the water pump but I couldn't get a good shot of it.

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I added valves at the engine... just in case!

Thanks for looking,
Chris

cab13367
04-11-2008, 10:03 PM
Chris,

Really nice install, thanks for sharing the pics. I plan to do the same (except probably just a two outlet unit) one of these days.

Where did you buy the shut off valves? Other than the valves and blue hose, did everything else come with the kit? Why did you decide not to use the kit hose?

Where did you put the control switch?

Thanks,

Al

csmsk
04-11-2008, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the response.

I didn't buy the complete kit just the basic kit. It didn't come with the heater hose or fittings. I just wanted a better quality hose, and I knew I'd be adding the valves, so I figured I'd get all the fittings where I bought those (Home Depot).

Also, I didn't use the three speed control switch that came with the kit. I had a two way rocker switch in the dash that I wasn't using, so I hooked the heater to that. Now I only have control of "high" and "medium" speed. I thought that if I needed the "slow" speed, I didn't really need it on at all!

zabooda
04-11-2008, 11:23 PM
Nice setup. The shutoff valves would have been handy on my boat after my heater core developed a leak. I have the two tube setup and it doesn't seem to have as hot of air that I would like but it does take the bite out of the air. One thing for those installing these heaters is the space needed for the heat tubes so you really have to scope out the space behind the surface your mounting and you have a good picture of that. Thanks for sharing.

cab13367
10-21-2009, 05:14 PM
Chris,

I'm thinking of adding a heater again, so I'm revisiting your post. What did you use to drill the 4" holes for the pull-out tubes? Hole saw in reverse?

Thanks,

Al

mmandley
10-25-2009, 02:21 PM
Not sure what he used but i have a whole set of different size hole saw blades and such. They would chew right threw that fiberglass thats for sure LOL.

Chris love the install man clean, looks factory even. I think you will really enjoy the heater. A lot of my AZ family that visited this summer laughed at my heater and made jokes, until it was 8pm and the sun was setting on the lake and i was still boarding, i caught them with heater hoses under there towels LOL.