Inline hot water heaters for houseboats

by Ron Glockner
(Lacombe, LA)

Any inline hot water heaters for houseboats

Any inline hot water heaters for houseboats

I have been reading all the post and like all the info and website. I have been looking for a houseboat project for a year now and found a 1974 Boatel.


I am thinking of putting in a inline tankless hot water heater instead of the traditional type.

Would like to hear thoughts on pros/cons or if anyone has done this. The Boatel will stay mostly at dock with water hookup.

Thanks in advance, Ron.



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Hi Ron, thanks for posting in the houseboat forums.

When you look at inline hot water heaters, they sound like a great solution. There are however 2 types, the propane version, and the electrical versions.

The propane versions require special installation instructions which I am not sure that they can be used in an enclosed houseboat installation (would require further inquiry into your area).

The electrical version is easier to install, yet does require some high current (amperage) requirements. So it depends on whether you have a 30amp or a 50amp available on your shore power post.

I am sure some of our electrically minded readers will post some tips about their inline hot water heater installations.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers and visitors will share and post comments about their hot water related houseboat experiences and tips.

Feel free to use the CLICK HERE TO POST COMMENTS link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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