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After market AC

I am looking at a Hunter 29.5 and was wondering if anyone has experience putting in AC after market. Looking @ ballpark cost and effort. I would have it put in professionally. Not something I want to tackle myself.

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I am looking at a Hunter 29.5 and was wondering if anyone has experience putting in AC after market. Looking @ ballpark cost and effort. I would have it put in professionally. Not something I want to tackle myself.

Thanks for the input.
You can always get a Cruisair Carry-on Portable A/C. They work and that option will run you about $800 or half that for a used unit. It all depends on how much you need the a/c. The portable an inexpensive option compared to installing a unit.
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Norfolksailor,
The only data point I have is that I got a quote last year for installing ac in a Bristol 41 and it was 16k. I don't know how size affects that price but I would think the unit could be smaller for your boat. I did not get a breakdown of parts vs labor. I ultimately did not buy the Bristal and bought a boat that already had heat/ac installed. There are hatch mounted units that seem to work quite well and are considerably less expensive. You have to stow it somewhere though when not in use. Good luck.
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Thanks for the replies. Will definitely keep the Carry on solution in mind. Will be alot cheaper.
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Thanks for the replies. Will definitely keep the Carry on solution in mind. Will be alot cheaper.
I bought a used one on Craigslist for $200. I didn't need it but could pass up the deal. I sold it a couple of weeks later for $350. It is nice to actually make money off boat stuff sometimes.
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The cruise air unit is heavy, expensive and doesn't work any better than a $100 window unit stuck through a hatch.

Like several boats in my marina, I have adapted a small window unit to cool my boat at the dock. In my case, I can sit the unit on the cockpit step facing into the companionway. I cut a piece of wainscoting to match the companionway opening, then did a cut out for the window unit. I have just enough room to squeeze by without moving the AC unit. It takes 5 minutes to set up, and the total cost was just over $100. On the hottest days of summer last year, (over 100) it kept the interior tolerable. On a normal day, it keeps the boat quite comfortable. Other nearby boats have devised ways to mount a window AC, so it blows in through a hatch similar to the cruise air. I just cant see paying 6-8 times the price of a window unit for the Cruiseair. As others have said, there are a lot of them on the used market but even then they are 2-3 times the cost of a new window unit that will cool just as good.

I did have to replace my unit after only one summer, but only because I'd stored it in our deck box and it was totally submerged by a hurricane. This time I'll store it on the boat and move it to the deck box when we leave the dock. It's much lighter than the cruise air unit for the same BTU's, if you don't mind looking a tad West Virginia.
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Norfolk...I bought a cruiseair 16kw unit last year as a replacement and installed it myself. Cost was around 2500. The carry-ons aren't much good IMHO.
Installation consists of connecting it to AC power and running an intake line and overboard line. I can't imagine that is more than a days work for a competent AC guy assuming the boat is out of the water.
I bought it from these guys in VA and I know they do installs too. They were MOST helpful on the phone walking me through the install... and close to you!


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When I was at the dock in Miami, I bought a Home Depot unit for $74. Using a small inverted plastic bucket, it mounted in the companion way. It was about two boards tall, I filled the open space around the air con unit with some aluminum foil back rigid insulation. So for less than $100 bucks I had air con on the boat. The unit is now stored in the lazarette for when I need air cond again. The boat is currently on a mooring ball and closed up. I haven't needed the air con unit in the past couple of years. Maybe someday I'll be on a dock again but for the summer that I used it, it worked fine and was a quick install and tear down. It cooled a 40 foot boat just fine.

Later I used the rest of my rigid insulation to line my 22 cu ft refrig.

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Most of the Boats we are looking at don't have AC, I live in Myrtle Beach SC and it is HOT in the summer and very Humid. About how heavy are these Cruise Air units? Also do you have to remove them when you go sailing? Do you think they would keep your boat at a comfortable level? It seems a after market AC unit actually installed into the boat is very expensive. I want something that wont be a hassle to have to move if I take the boat sailing.

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The cruise air unit is heavy, expensive and doesn't work any better than a $100 window unit stuck through a hatch.

Like several boats in my marina, I have adapted a small window unit to cool my boat at the dock. In my case, I can sit the unit on the cockpit step facing into the companionway. I cut a piece of wainscoting to match the companionway opening, then did a cut out for the window unit. I have just enough room to squeeze by without moving the AC unit. It takes 5 minutes to set up, and the total cost was just over $100. On the hottest days of summer last year, (over 100) it kept the interior tolerable. On a normal day, it keeps the boat quite comfortable. Other nearby boats have devised ways to mount a window AC, so it blows in through a hatch similar to the cruise air. I just cant see paying 6-8 times the price of a window unit for the Cruiseair. As others have said, there are a lot of them on the used market but even then they are 2-3 times the cost of a new window unit that will cool just as good.

I did have to replace my unit after only one summer, but only because I'd stored it in our deck box and it was totally submerged by a hurricane. This time I'll store it on the boat and move it to the deck box when we leave the dock. It's much lighter than the cruise air unit for the same BTU's, if you don't mind looking a tad West Virginia.
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the marine air unit weighs 68 lbs, it seems heavier when you're lugging it up the deck.
Yea, I'd put it on the hard when sailing.

I used to be "country". I had a window unit in the companionway, but the cuban didn't like doing the circus jump over it when going below, so I got the carry-on unit. The only thing i don't like is the diffuser doesn't difuse very well for me.
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