You know it’s real love when you sigh–rather than groan–about a boat’s shortcomings. The S/V Libby, gorgeous and fast though she may be, lacks something highly necessary: a heater. This really isn’t so much of a problem right now, while I’m docked, rocking an abundance of electricity, feeding a small ceramic electric heater. But when “spring” finally arrives and I’m out of the juice, it will be an issue.
As I talked about in my previous post, the money is all dried up. Since I have a highly active imagination, I can at least fantasize about what my life will be like when May rolls around: somehow in the next five months I’m suddenly flush. I’d like to think that my novel skyrocketed, or maybe I was hired by an amazing design firm…anyway, one of the things Future Courtney has purchased is a wood burning stove by Navigator.
I used to want a Newport Dickinson, but then I considered cost and my location. There’s wood freaking everywhere here, I could just pick it up off the ground! Why should I pay $4 a gallon for diesel? The “Sardine” model, featured at left with the curly blonde haired girl, especially in that rich red, would look fabulous inside Libby. That color red always makes me happy. The size is perfect, tiny even. It’s a little 12 inch cube of heat, and could even cook something on its surface: a real bonus for my French pressing ways.
The question would be, is it the right size for me and Libby? A 30 foot boat (10 foot beam) is a small one, but I have no idea how to calculate my space to determine how many BTUs I need to heat the inside. And I want it HOT in here, like the tropics, or the desert, around the temperature the devil finds comfortable. Hellish. Being cold is miserable (yes, I know, then why did I move onto a boat or relocate to the Northwest? blah, blah, blah), and I’d love to not be miserable. Having numb toes is the worst. Last “summer” it was cold until August. I’m not exaggerating. I need to figure out how big the stove should be, so Future Courtney can still feel all of her digits and drink her coffee in relative comfort. That way, when it’s still cold, gray, and wet come July 16th, I won’t be as bitchy and cranky.
Do you have any experience with a wood burning stove like this? Have any idea how many BTUs I need?