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I've got heating! YAY!


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I have finally finished fitting the Propex today. It has taken nearly four days to do, mainly down to the difficulty of routing the hot air ducts, and squeezing me in into the engine bay. It seems sports cruisers just aren't easy to find routes through due to the number of separate mouldings, and size of the stringers and ribs in the bilges.

I had to raid the shelves at JPC in Brundall on a couple of occasions to utilise Webasto air duct fittings, and Tom of JPC couldn't have been more helpful. I also purchased their "Thermoduct" insulation lagging, which is quite pricey, but having seen it in the flesh now, does look to be a very good product. So we've now got warm air in the cockpit; at the helm position and in the main cabin :dance It cost me a couple of pounds of skin, several pints of blood, hundreds of bruises and at least one expletive; but it seems worth it!

Next job is a lift tomorrow for the fitting of the new depth transducer. Eventually we might even get to go out on the river!

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I also purchased their "Thermoduct" insulation lagging, which is quite pricey, but having seen it in the flesh now, does look to be a very good product.

Mark,How much was the "Thermoduct" insulation lagging? is it easy to fit/stick on,and does it fit the normal webasto ducting? I am thinking of investing in some to see if it makes a big difference.

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Hi Barry

It was around £15 per 750mm length for the stuff I bought, which was the bigger of the two sizes they dom and fits the 90mm ducting. The smaller size is for the 60mm ducting.

Fitting is simply a matter of sliding is over the ducts. I cable tied it at intervals just to stop it slipping out of place. You would obviously need to disconect your ducting from the outlets to fit it.

It does seem to be very well insulated, and is basically a fabric outer sleeve lines with a cotton wool type quilt inside. They claim it will reduce the temperature of the outside of the duct from around 100 deg C to 30 deg C, and thereby deliver more of the heat where it's wanted rather than warming bilges and lockers.

On Tranquil Breeze, I insulated the duct with strips of foil-backed bubble wrap type insulation, which worked up to a point, but was very fiddly to put on. This stuff was a piece of cake and certainly looks cosy!

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Doh...I havent got heating...well not yet anyway...thanks to the expert help of Johnathan (Mariotech) :bow the faulty eberspacher has been stripped today (thankyou johnathan) the burner is in caustic..gently de-coking) and with a bit of luck (if I remember how to put it back together :naughty: ) we may have ours back in a few days.

LB :pirate

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