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Bling


21 May 2019 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

You can never have too much bling on an old boat.

This is my Taylor diesel heater. Nice and simple, and runs on fuel I already carry - it's nice not to need to carry yet another liquid for heating.

But - I don't actually rate the Taylor heater. It came with the boat, so I didn't buy it, but they are stupendously expensive for what they are - some sheet brass and a very simple burner.

Also, brass is pretty, but it has no place on a boat, in my humble opinion. The saltwater turns it a dirty, uneven greeny colour in no time. Unlike bronze, which is a structural metal (almost as strong as steel), and which turns an attractive green, brass is just there to be decorative, and as soon as the salt gets to work - it isn't.

If I was equiping the boat from scratch, I'd have a stainless steel diesel heater. Just as much bling, much tougher construction, and cheaper.

Now, Taylor toilets are a whole other thing. Bombproof and wonderful. But even so, not worth the £10,000 price tag. I'll write a blog about my Taylor toilet one day. A bog blog...

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Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip the same day because two in our party had a medical emergency and went home. Dave was incredibly easy to work with and responsive and gave us our deposit back without issue. We really appreciated it. We were very bummed to miss the boat trip, but if we are ever in Barcelona again we definitely will put it at the top of the list. Thank you very much again, Dave.
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