Dockside from South Haven to Ludington


Michigan has never been known for predictable weather. When it’s 70º one day and 40º the next, it’s hard to know when to plan a trip, let alone what gear to pack. Unpredictable temperatures make trip planning especially difficult for boaters. The worst thing that can happen to a great week-long boating excursion, besides a storm, is freezing temperatures. But with all of Michigan’s beautiful scenery, and spectacular fall colors, it’s a shame to miss out, just because it’s too cold for a cruise.

That’s why Reaume Heating and Cooling installs and repairs marine heaters. We know that boating is a big part of life on the Lakeshore, and why wouldn’t you want to extend your cruising or fishing season? Whether you’d like to be prepared for a cold snap, a frosty morning, or if you’re planning a fall fishing trip, a marine heater installed by Reaume will keep everyone safe, warm, and dry, despite the chilly outdoor temps.


We have more than 45 years of experience servicing and repairing marine Heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment. We are the West Michigan Lakeshore’s most trusted source in the industry and we provide dockside service.


If you are considering installing a marine heater in your cabin, or your current marine heater is giving you fits, give the experts at Reaume a call! We’ve got more than 45 years experience in the business, so boat heaters are nothing new for us. We’ll gladly come out to your marina or slip to check out your heater, or install one for you. Have a question about boat heaters? Ask us online.

Can you install your own heater?

Probably one of our most frequently asked questions about boat heating projects, everyone wants to know if they can turn a project into a DIY. While we’re all for that, this is one DIY you should definitely skip, unless you have experience installing heaters on boats. Heaters are no joke, since improper installation can lead to fire, asphyxiation, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

We really encourage anyone that’s considering installing a heater on their boat to have a professional take care of that project for them. Reaume Heating and Cooling makes it easy, since we’ll come to you, you don’t have to haul your boat anywhere, and we’ve been working on the Lakeshore for more than 45 years. We know how to install your marine heater quickly and safely, so you can get it done, and get on with that fall trip.


Types of heaters

Now that you’ve decided a marine heater might be just the ticket for your next fishing trip, how do you know what type of heater is right for you? It depends on how often you’re going to use the heater, where you want to use it, and for how long. Below are your top three options, and a few safety precautions to take if that’s the variety you end up going with.

Electric: Perfect for heating while you’re on the dock this is a quick, inexpensive way to stay warm while you’re in the slip or at the marina. Unfortunately, an electric heater won’t work offshore, unless you have a generator. Electric marine heaters can be a bit finicky, but as long as you’re constantly aware of them, they’re a great way to keep warm on a chilly day.

A few safety precautions: Electric heaters must be carefully placed to avoid shocks and fires, especially when you’re on the water. Make sure any electric heater you place on your boat has: a three pronged safety plug, a working thermostat that shuts the heater off once it reaches temperature, and a tip-over sensor that immediately turns the heater off if it’s knocked over by a wave or careless passenger. As long as you buy a reliable heater, and you’re conscious of its placement, an electric heater is a great, inexpensive option.

Solid Fuel: Runner-up to the favorite liquid-fuel heater, a solid fuel heater is a trusty, dependable way to heat your boat. Moderately priced, they burn readily available products like wood and charcoal, and they burn quietly and steadily. Another bonus is they require no power, other than the solid fuel, so there’s no need to rely on electricity or outside power sources, and you can still have heat while you’re underway.

A few precautions to take: You’ll want to make sure you’ve got good ventilation, because they do produce smoke, and can foul sails or topsides if you’re not careful. It’s also important to remember that they can take a while to heat up, so you’ll want to take that into consideration before you steer into a frigid morning.

Liquid Fuel Heaters: Primarily diesel and kerosene heaters, these are the number one choice for marine heaters in terms of efficiency, practicality, and price. With a professional, installation is quick, and the heaters have a relatively long lifetime. A liquid fuel heater will provide heat wherever you’re at, in the slip or on the water, at a relatively low cost.

A few precautions to take: These heaters also require venting, and over time smoke can stain sails. The heaters themselves can be expensive, though the fuel to run them is not. You’ll definitely want a professional to install your liquid fuel heater, just to make sure it’s safe and reliable before you take it out on the open water.


We have served the West Michigan Lakeshore for more than 45 years and are considered the areas
most trusted and experienced Marine Heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment contractor. Contact us today for a free quote.

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