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Well, the window unit that I walk past on the way to my boat is probably the loudest thing on our dock in the evening. We're in a pretty quiet marina.
That is kind of lame. They should buy a new one. One of the advantages of a $99 ac is you can replace it when it goes bad. Sounds like theirs is long overdue!

I for sure agree people have a responsibility to keep the noise and light to a minimum. Halyards included! I used to get in arguments with people in my marina about that. They seem to think you should never go on anyones boat for anything if they are not there. If your halyards are perpetually clanking, I am coming aboard to fix it.
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Halyards included! I used to get in arguments with people in my marina about that. They seem to think you should never go on anyones boat for anything if they are not there. If your halyards are perpetually clanking, I am coming aboard to fix it.
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Ooohh.... that's so final. Bungees are much more humane.
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Thanks all for the great posts! This thing's going viral. Must've touched the redneck nerve.

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That is kind of lame. They should buy a new one. One of the advantages of a $99 ac is you can replace it when it goes bad. Sounds like theirs is long overdue!

I for sure agree people have a responsibility to keep the noise and light to a minimum. Halyards included! I used to get in arguments with people in my marina about that. They seem to think you should never go on anyones boat for anything if they are not there. If your halyards are perpetually clanking, I am coming aboard to fix it.
We don't worry too much about noise. Our dockmates suggested the AC (they want us to hang around for some reason) and the folks on the next dock spend their nights blowing up quarter sticks of dynamite and arriving from the lake at 2 am likkered up and radios blaring. Yes, to your question, they are stinkboaters. An AC unit would not only make the boat cool, it would also mask the noise of ungracious neighbors.

Thanks again for ALL the great suggestions.

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Re: Window AC Unit

I also use a window unit in the companionway. I have long since done away with hatch boards in favor of a swing-out door. During the spring/summer/fall in Florida, I replace my teak/lexan door with a starboard replacement containing a cutout to fit the window AC. This allows me to just swing open the door when entering or exiting the cabin. No more stepping over the unit for the admiral as her legs are too short!

To solve the drainage issue, I fitted a grommet into the AC chassis and plumbed 1/4" aquarium tubing to one of the cockpit scuppers. This set up works like a champ! 5500 btu's keep the cabin nice and comfy and I can get 7-8 hours in econo-mode on the honda 2K gen.

Yes.....I tend to anchor away from most boats due to noise. When we cant avoid neighbors, we only run this rig in the evening long enough to get the heat out of the boat.

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mSter, do you have a pic of your companionway with the AC installed? I'm having trouble envisioning the swinging doors with the AC in place.

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Re: Window AC Unit

I bought a 5000 A/C window unit and placed it in the forward hatch with some cobbled up Styrofoam duck work. I did this as a temporary installation while I was replacing the engine to make it more comfortable in the 90+ temperatures. I found that it would only drop the temp about 10 degrees from the OAT during the mid day sun. At night it got real cold but warmed up as the sun came up higher in the sky. Also, I had rigged the boom tent over the cabin area to keep the hot sun off the boat. Mast was down. Keeping it cooler was well worth the effort-even being a bit ugly. Boat is a Catalina 25 and with no insulation it doesn’t take long to get warm inside. I also set a fan on the floor forward to blow the cool air aft to the engine area.
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Boat is a Catalina 25 and with no insulation it doesn’t take long to get warm inside. I also set a fan on the floor forward to blow the cool air aft to the engine area.
Although 10 degrees does not sound like a big temperature drop, it really is when you also consider the reduction in humidity. We have a 5500 btu unit on our 39' Irwin Citation and are very comfortable with it.

If running the AC during the heat of the day, we close off the v-berth to reduce the area to be cooled. If the weather allows, we try to beat the heat by exploring/splashing in the dighy or finding a "cool" place to hangout ashore.

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Be careful running AC unit with a generator, closed boat with carbon monoxide lingering around is a killer. Have detectors installed JIC

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