Tired of fighting over who's going to get up out of the boat and light a fire in the morning? Don't like being wet and soggy on the river anymore when the weather sucks? Spent 4 hours stuck digging and pushing your boat free and now you're soaked to-the-bone, cold and shivering? Heading up to northern BC or Alberta for a late season fall hunt with some buddies? These are times when you'll really appreciate having a diesel heater in your boat.
The diesel heaters used by jet boaters have been popular in the trucking and marine industry for a long time. Often referred to as "cab heaters" or "parking heaters". Diesel heaters provide a method to heat the interior of your boat and keep you and your occupants warm without the engine running. You just need a small amount of diesel fuel and a battery.
DIY Diesel Heater Kits For Your Jet Boat
These complete kits are offered by a seller on Amazon. It includes the heater, mounts, thru-hull fittings, duct, exhaust pipe, remote wired controller, fuel tank and more. The seller gets great reviews on Amazon.
How Many BTU's Should Your Jet Boat Heater Put Out?
First off, let's explain what BTU's are so with a little math, you can figure out exactly what sized heater is going to be best for your size jet boat, depending on whether you want it to be warm like jamaica or you just want to take the edge off the cold.
BTU stands for British thermal unit and it's a traditional unit for the measurement of heat. BTU is defined as the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
There is a handy free BTU calculator here: http://www.calculator.net/btu-calculator.html
Remember... More BTU's = More Fuel. Space on most jet boats is at a premium so carefully consider how large of a diesel tank your boat heater is going to need. Some boats have tanks as small as 1 gallon while others have one as large as 10 gallons. Only you know how you use your boat!
Don't Forget The CO Detector
Boat builders that are offering diesel heaters as an upgrade option are including the CO (carbon monoxide) detectors with their installation but if you're installing the diesel heater into your jet boat on your own, don't neglect this important step.