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Heating, Ventilation and Air Con
There’s an electric kitchen plinth style fan heater under the helm/driver’s seat.
Zen Dog has a diesel fired warm air heating system. It is very efficient and quickly warms the accommodation.
COLD WEATHER REMOTE CONTROL: If the weather is cold, you can switch the heating on for 50 minutes by just phoning Zen Dog! We do this as we leave the M27 – by the time we get to Zen Dog, she will be nice and warm. If really cold, we might do this twice – the first time two hours before we plan to arrive and the second time an hour before arrival.
Call 07513 098016 and you’ll get 3 rising tones.
The call will then disconnect. That confirms the heating has been switched on. If you were to call again (don’t!) you’ll hear two descending tones. That confirms that the heating is switching off.
A great use for this is to warm the boat when you first wake up. Ring it, then stay in bed for half an hour.
There are heater outlets under the sofa and in both cabins.
Once on board, the controls for the heating are to the left side of the porthole (window) behind the sofa and table.
The controller looks like this:
Make sure the switch marked (1) above is in the down “heat” position. The up position just blows in outside air.
Pressing the flashing button (2) starts the heating and it will run for 50mins.
Adjust the temperature with the thermostat (3). Setting it as shown at about “11 o’clock” will keep the temperature around 20c.
If you want to leave the heating on for longer than 50 mins, press switch (4) all the way up into the “ = always on” position. Please don’t forget to return it to the “- Auto SMS” position before you lock up and leave at the end of your stay.
The heating is safe to run at night. It is similar to the systems that lorry drivers use in their cabs. However, it can be noisy – it has a habit of going from nothing to full on howling hurricane . We tend to switch it back to the AUTO SMS setting before we go to bed (maybe pressing button 2 for a final 50 mins of heat). We can then ring it before getting out of bed next morning.
The portholes can be opened for ventilation. The main cabin skylight has a bug screen and blackout blind. It can be fully opened if required. Please make sure you shut it before leaving the boat otherwise rain will get in.
The portable air conditioner in the main cabin’s wardrobe vents out of the wardrobe’s porthole using the hose you’ll find in there. If you leave all the cabin doors open, the air con unit will cool the whole interior beautifully.