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Re: Water Cooled Air Conditioners For Sailboats?
Raw water reverse cycle A/C is pretty standard. In cold water areas it's possible that you might get enough cooling just from the raw water without a refrigerant compressor to remove the heat.
The Delaware River peaks at around 85 degrees mid-summer, which even makes it difficult for reverse-cycle air conditioners to keep up. The guy who used to have his boat two slips up from me figured out a clever workaround: he hooked up the marina's fresh water system to the intake of his reverse cycle system. Then the marina got the $3000 water bill and went looking for where all the water was going. That's why he no longer has his boat there - he got kicked out.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)