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post #5 of Old 05-13-2009
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Ok, so you guys are trying to heat up, while I am trying to cool down!

I recently bought a Beneteau 473. I live in the Middle East (Dubai) and to be understated, it is getting hot....and this is just the start. Temperatures over the next few months will climb to 120F, or 48c. Not really a problem while sailing, as you get used to it, but as you can imagine even thinking about going down below or having a nice dinner in the cabin while moored is out of the question.

I have been checking the web and I am looking to install air conditioning for when we are moored in the marina.

Any advice on manufacturers, size or cost? I really do not want to get into a lot of installation since it is only will be used when at the dock, when we are at the boat, which is only on the weekends, at best.

Is portable the way to go? I have shore power and it seems that this may be the simplest, but storage may be an issue, unless we leave the units on the dock with the guys.

Any advice is welcome.


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