Well we've got an Eberspacher and for heating it's been fine, no problems. But the really great thing about it is that when it's running, outside the boat it sounds like a Jet Engine and really pissed off some yachties who were tied up to us last year. They had the nerve to ask me to turn it off. So I told them to **** off. So that's a plus point eh?
Oops I see you're a yottie. Sorry, didn't mean it.
I'm not that familiar with a Taylor's, I assume it is a pressurised diesel/paraffin type with no electrical requirement? We looked at various makes of this type of stove before making a decision, as the battery saving aspects appealed. In the end, for a whole variety of reasons, we went for an Eberspacher. The electrical consumption has turned out to be miniscule, apart from a couple of minutes when the heater is running. The unit has turned out to be excellent, heating all three cabins very effectively, plus the bonus of being completely automatic, including programming if required.
Before buying a blown air system we enquired of a company that sells and fits all makes to trucks. Their advice was that there is nothing to choose between Eberspacher and Webasto, equally reliable, effective, etc. Wallas have lower blower power. Mikuni are almost as good as E and W but spares are far less readily available in more remote countries.
Mine's an ARDIC,(made by Eberspacher I think) stainless steel, blown air, simple installation, only one hole to drill through the hull if you can put it into a decent sized cockpit locker, fairly quiet,adequately heats my Warrior 40, modest fuel and power consumption and,so far, absoloutely reliable after one season. From other replies, I guess I would be as happy with any of the makes. We sail through the winter and it really is a great pleasure to be warm.
I installed an Eberspacher Hydronic in my Co32 about three years ago. No major problems (perhaps a bit noisy and electrical consumption a little high) and it's great to have hot water as well as a warm cabin. Make sure you fit a silencer, otherwise you definitely will certainly upset the neigbours. Perhaps have a switchable bypass for the silencer in case you end up mooring next to the correspondent above. My installation takes up almost no useable space (great advantage of the hydronic and mainly why I chose it - there's not much space to spare on a Contessa).
Buy a Dickinson! I've had one in my First 38 for the past three years and wouldn't have anything else. I've had to modify the saloon seating a bit to fit it but was worth it for the warmth and dryness it gives. Also I can run it for days and not worry about the battery..
My last boat had an Ebersbacher. Nice unit but the service cost me around £300. Current boat had an aircon system that also produced heat. At least that was the theory. After much knob twiddling and head scratching it was consigned to the skip.
Now we have a variable heat 240v fan heater. Only cost a few quid and there is nothing to maintain.
I've had 11 years trouble free running with my Eberspacher. The new ones offer even better power consumption and you can even set it to come on at a certain time in the morning if you really want to spoil yourself.