99-degrees at the head of Chesapeake Bay at noon today, good breeze earlier, but seems to be dying down. Too hot to sail, at least for me.
One thing that came to mind yesterday was the thought of rigging an automotive air-conditioning unit to the boat's engine. I really don't believe it would consume much in the way of horsepower, especially for the larger engines, and you could completely eliminate having to have a noisy AC generator onboard.
Essentially, you could air condition the entire cabin anytime you are running the engine. The tiny air-conditioner in my Dodge Grand Caravan cools the entire van in just a matter of a few minutes, and when set to high, you could hang meat in the van after running it for about 15 minutes.
Has anyone ever looked into this?