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Old 02-22-2014
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Originally Posted by outbound View Post
Brian- I for one really appreciate hearing your experience and slant on reality. You go man!!!. Still, wonder about the energy budget. I now know I can get by with no fuel use running everything including the entertainment systems without ever turning on an engine ( genset or other). I envisioned turning on the AC for 1-2h just before bed most days. Is this realistic in the Florida/Bahama/Caribe region? There's just two of us with occasional four aboard so figure water making will be limited to rarely occurring when outside U.S. waters. Don't mind slips but like not having neighbors at least most of the tme. Do you think its necessary to have more than one unit in a 40-50' boat for your region? How many BTUs of cooling make things livable?

Thanks. I appreciate that.

40 foot no teak decks is 20k btu in two units with biggest in bow because that gets hottest by many fold. Awnings help cut that by 30% or better.

50 is a solid 28 btu. Plan for two separate 30 amps. One 50 would work too.
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