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wvnutt 07-15-2007 01:25 PM

Cooling Cabin
I have been thoroughly enjoying my recently acquired Catalina 22 this summer, and have hoped to spend a few nights on board, but the heat continues to hold me back. I understand that significantly cooling my cabin will not be cheap, but what is the most affordable way to cool my cabin to a comfortable sleeping level? Will I need to purchase a portable A/C unit (I have found some for around $100) and small generator? If so, can I get some suggestions? I am completely tolerant of the heat throughout the day, but am pretty particular about the temperature when it comes to sleep. Thank you.

wvnutt 07-15-2007 01:44 PM

ChicagoNewport27 07-15-2007 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by wvnutt

Ha! Interesting idea!

I just ordered one. For $40 bucks, its worth a test drive.

Valiente 07-15-2007 02:30 PM


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If you can sew, you can make one to your own specs.

teshannon 07-15-2007 03:40 PM

You might want to look into the small portable ac units that fit over the hatch or companionway. Then tend to be bulky however and you need to stow it somewhere when not in use. 12V oscillating fans work quite well also.
Tom Shannon

sailingdog 07-15-2007 08:12 PM

It really depends on whether you're going to be at a dock with shorepower or anchored out. Anchored out, the windscoops and small 12VDC fans are probably the way to go. If dockside, then an A/C unit might be the way to go. However, the fans and windscoop are probably less expensive overall and far more useful, since they can be used at the dock as well as at anchor. You'd be surprised at how much difference small 12 VDC fans can make.

labatt 07-15-2007 09:18 PM

There is a difference in fans too. I just replaced my Guest fans with the Hella Turbo's - more airflow and much (much!) quieter.

teshannon 07-15-2007 09:26 PM

Labatt is right. I have Guests and they are noisy.
Tom Shannon

deniseO30 07-15-2007 09:32 PM

I've thought of using a 10-12inch flexibile duct and hoisting it up the mast about 10 feet to create a chimney effect! One day on a mooring it was a 120in my boat when it was about 96 outside in the sun! thank goodness one doesn't need to be down below in the daytime too much.

sailingdog 07-15-2007 09:37 PM

I have both Hella Turbos and Caframo Bora fans... both are excellent, however, the Hellas are better for bulkhead or overhead mounted fans, since they pivot at the center, the Boras pivot at the base.

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