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Re: Too hot to sail...

Steve Dashew addresses the idea of running compressors off the engine for a freezer in his book "The Circumnavigator's Guide." The same principles would apply for automotive type A/C. I didn't pay that much attention to this section of the book, but recall discussions about increasing alternator size, sizing the flywheels and other technical aspects of having a "belt-driven" refridgerator. In a car there are hundred of HP at work, so diverting some of them to cool the interior is probably not too much a burden. It is likely a whole different thing to cool the interior a boat with just a 20-40 HP power plant. But, if you figure it out, please let us in on it.
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