Marine Water Heater Test
PS reviews water heaters for 30- to 45-foot boats.
In the December issue PS evaluates four water heaters that are new or have been significantly updated since our last test in 1999. Water heaters are one of those silent heroes that rank high on the list of comforts on a boat. The test field included the Kuuma 11842, an 11-gallon tank; the stainless-steel Quick Nautique BX2012; Raritanís 1706; and the 30-liter Compact from Sigmar Marine. Testers considered each heaterís efficiency (using AC and engine-driven power), power consumption, construction quality, and ability to keep hot water hot.