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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)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)