With soot covered, diesel smelling hands and sweat dripping from my brow, I laid on the cabin sole fiddling with the diesel feed running into the bottom of our boat’s wall mount heater thinking, “Who works on their heater in the summer?” Up in the cockpit a neighbor stopped by to talk to Jill and asked what I was doing down there. When Jill told him, he popped down below and said, “Oh, I have a similar unit. All you have to do is…” And after those few tips and a little tweaking–the details of which I won’t bore you with–that was essentially it. Our once finicky heater now runs like a champion, just in time for the middle of summer.
But the truth is, I’ve been messing about with this heater for two winters and it has never quite worked properly. After wrestling with it on cool, damp Pacific Northwest winter evenings at anchor and exploring nearly every troubleshooting avenue I could, I figured I needed to fix it once and for all before the first breezes of autumn swept up the Puget Sound. So I did, and now it’s on to the next project.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
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