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if i buy a 55/65ft narrow boat,to be lived on, roughly how much would it cost to have central heating fitted, and which system would work best.i will be on a marina with 230 hook up

Asked by: henchy3rd  | 9.35pm, Friday 3 September

WW says:

It's one of those "how long is a piece of string" questions: there are many options for heating a narrowboat and each one has its fervent proponents.
One of the most popular choices is a diesel-fired water heater, supplied by companies such as Webasto and Eberspacher. As well as the unit itself, you would need to pay for radiators, pipework and a timer unit. The boatyard where I moor our boat is currently offering an all-inclusive special offer for such a setup of £1,500, including installation; this is a keen price and you'd generally expect to pay more than this. Bear in mind that diesel-fired heaters can be pernickety in operation and you should follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully to avoid premature failure. (WW has run several articles on the topic in recent months.)
Alternatively, you could consider a solid fuel stove with a back boiler for the radiators. The stove will cost from £400 upwards; the boiler itself probably around £200; and, again, you'll have the cost of radiators and pipework. These are the most traditional option.
Other options include the reliable Hurricane diesel heater (available from Calcutt Boats) and blown-air heating systems. You can read more about heating options in the newly revised Inland Boat Owners Book, available from the 'shop' link above.
If you're spending most of your time in the marina, a 230V immersion heater (linked to a timer switch) is a sensible way of getting domestic hot water. For central heating, however, this is much less economical than either the diesel or solid fuel options.

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.02AM, Wednesday 8 September

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