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Old 09-19-2013, 09:59 AM
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2012+ Heater Location/Mass

Anyone know where the heater unit is located in the new model boats? I'm particularly interested in the x10. Does the unit and hoses use up much storage space? Pictures would be great! TKS
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:05 AM
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I've had the heater in my 2012 and 2013 and to be honest, coming from a Moomba, the MC heater is a real let down. It's not very hot, the cup holder heaters are totally and completely useless and it only has a single pull out heater hose.

On my Moomba we ALWAYS used it and people loved it, on my MC we rarely use it because it just isn't hot and there is only one pull out at the back of the boat. I hope MC improves these in the future.

The heater unit is installed in front of the driver behind the bow seating.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:09 AM
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On the x-14V, the heater is under the driver's side bow seat. Its a fairly small unit - maybe about the size of a volleyball, and it is tucked in towards the back of the seat so it is out of the way. There are flexible hoses to distribute the heat in that area and in the spotter's storage area, but they've put them in locations that are out of the way and they do not take up that much room. Sorry - no pics.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:14 AM
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It's not very hot, the cup holder heaters are totally and completely useless and it only has a single pull out heater hose.
Have a look at the heater. I found one of my distribution hoses disconnected at the heater because the zip tie was not on tight enough. With the hose off, most of the heat was blowing into the area under the bow seat. It got much better when I fixed it, although still not 'hot'.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:20 AM
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I've had 2 boats with this heater system and I have even checked the heater unit and disconnected the passenger hose at the unit because after traveling through about 25 feet of 2" hose, there was NO heat at that cup holder. It was actually just cool air. My friend has a 2012 Moomba now and there is honestly NO comparison. His is 100 times better than mine. I plan to do some mods over the winter and add in new pull out vents.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:29 AM
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Can you still put a fat sac under the seat on the front starboard side? Or is the heater unit in the way? My wife thinks the heater would be a really nice addition but I'm just afraid it will take away to much fat sac/storage space. Do the hoses take up much space?
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:56 AM
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MC's heater installs seem to be on par with their battery wiring. Top notch boat with shoddy heater and battery setups.
I've rectified both on my boat. Heater was easier because I started from scratch. 3 port heater, no fiberglass cutting. 1 vent hung under the helm for driver. 2 pull outs one on each side in line with the rear gunnel cup holders. Gets used all the time, convienent access for rear passengers to put a vent under their towels.
A friends 06 with a OE heater install, not near as useful.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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The heater in my 12 didn't even blow warm air. I complained and they installed a fix kit - higher t-stat, moved the hot water supply and cold water return. Now it blows kind of warm air. The core is located under the driver's side helm with other electrical components. It's walled off from the front, so it doesn't really rob you of ballast/storage space.

Thrall, why does your install work better? Either it has a bigger core or it gets hotter or more hot water than my factory install. Any idea? Do you have any pictures of your install? Where did you put your core? How big is the core? Did you go with a Heatercraft? I called them and they told me MC went away from them.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:20 PM
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:28 PM
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I know I have a 2008, that I just got the heatercraft pro kit. They ARE extremely helpful at heatercraft. I highly suggest speaking to them, as for the install, Im doing that myself. If I recall speaking to them MC is using a Chinese knockoff. They were very helpful as I heard it was not good to pull from the loop on my LY6 motor and they agreed but I understand this is where a lot of the stock systems pull water from.
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