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Has anyone installed a central vac in their sailboat? I have been toying with the idea. We have two labs, a cat, and a lot of fur to clean up.


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Whenever I need to vac the boat, I consider the same idea.. Shouldn't be a whole lotta trouble to mount a small wet'n'dry vac underneathy somewheres and tube to a convenient loc. Moreroom to maneuver while vac'cing.. Less roomto stow hose conveniently..

No. animals aboard, so I just use a decent. HH, 12 v car-vac. It*is* amazing how much sand/debris/dust collect in a weekend!

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No. animals aboard, so I just use a decent. HH, 12 v car-vac. It*is* amazing how much sand/debris/dust collect in a weekend!
Right now we have an awesome rechargable vac, works good, but its no shopvac. I was thinking of hanging a 15 gallon in the laz, and placing a hose to the bottom to drain off water. It would have to be a wet/dry so the dirt devil is out.


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Re: Central vac

I had a central vac on my Chaparral 350 Signature during my foray into power boating. I don't remember the brand. This is the link I have: Marine Vacuum .

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Has anyone installed a central vac in their sailboat? I have been toying with the idea. We have two labs, a cat, and a lot of fur to clean up.
That would seem to be rather more brain damage than the problem merits. A good smaller shop vac has lots of uses aboard. We use ours for cleaning up below and, sometimes above deck (especially when sanding for bright-work), for clearing out any traces of water in the bilge when we've had a wet sail, for scavenging hoses when that's necessary and, with a 2-gallon plastic jug, for suctioning oil out of our engine and generator for oil changes. As we do have an English Cocker Spaniel that sometimes sails with us and also sheds (as does my much better half who seems to insist on brushing her hair in front of the mirror in the salon despite having two heads to choose from!) we have a small hand-held "Dirt Devil" vac with a beater-bar brush that, together with a lint roller follow-up, is very effective at removing hair/fur etc. from the cushions and area carpets and easily powers off our inverter. (One of my daughter's jobs was the daily vacuuming when she was cruising with us--considering she's the one that insisted on bringing the puppy along.)

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Seriously?
We have rechargeable shop vac, uses same bty as power tools.
Small easy to use, stow and empty, acts as a blower to get leaves, cobwebs off above decks.
Why all the work installing hose, wiring and end up with something lesa convieniant?
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I wouldn't call it less convenient to plug in a hose and flip a switch. We vacuum daily, so its a chore.


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Central vac on a sailboat? Sounds like something you'd find on a Jeanneau...

Kidding aside (and FWIW), this little unit has worked flawlessly for over 5 years on everything from dog hair to sea water.

DEWALT DC515K 1/2-Gallon 18-Volt NiCd Cordless Wet/Dry Vac - Shop Wet Dry Vacuums - Amazon.com DEWALT DC515K 1/2-Gallon 18-Volt NiCd Cordless Wet/Dry Vac - Shop Wet Dry Vacuums - Amazon.com


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Central vac on a sailboat? Sounds like something you'd find on a Jeanneau...

Kidding aside (and FWIW), this little unit has worked flawlessly for over 5 years on everything from dog hair to sea water.

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What would you compare the suction power to? at least a 2 gallon shop vac? or much less?


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Re: Central vac

Seems to me the hoses installed would take up more space in the various lockers than benefit would be gained.

We have a five outlet ducted Eberspacher heater on ours and quite frankly I don't see the point on a 42'er. One outlet in the main saloon is quite sufficient to heat the entire boat and we could rid ourselves of all that tubing.

Yes a vac hose is not the same diameter as our heater but even so it seems both overkill and a waste of space. We use something a bit similar to Tanley's De Walt and find it quite sufficient.

Then again we don't have any animals on board (myself excluded of course) and the Wombet has short hair.

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