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It looks like I need to replace my main salon AC which was a cruise-air. I have found a Mermaid 16500 BTU reverse cycle to be very reasonable compared to other units . It does appear as though it will fit in the same location, Question is are they reliable and well built. Would appreciate feedback on installation ease and reliability. Thanks
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I have a mermaid 16K unit. The unit performed very well but did have a leak in the evaporator within the first year. Although Mermaid fixed it for free I was required to remove the unit and ship it back to them for repair. I had to pay shipping back to the factory even though it was a warranty claim. It was kind of a hassle because unlike other manufacturers they do not have local techs. How often do you think that you are going to have to remove your unit? Also, their thermostat is a Hunter thermostat -- it looks like the same one at Home Depot. Other than that the unit is still humming along. I think you can''t go wrong with the unit because of the price but do expect to have a cheesy looking thermostat that really looks appropriate for a mobile home rather than a boat.
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If you will note, the Mermaid is made By Taylor Made corp. The same company that makes Cruiseair. The Mermaid is their economic model. You would do well to opt for the Cruise air. It is a state of the art unit and well worth the extra dollars.
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Thanks for the info. Anybody have any ideas or comments about Flagship MArine or Ocean Breeze AC/Heat units. I kind of like that they have heat that is not reverse/cycle.
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I have experience with both MarineAir and CruiseAir. Both good reliable units but both a little on the noisey side.
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