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You can actually see 3 units on the boat. I don't use the strbrd unit, because it turns into a freezer. You can also incorporate the hatch into the design.

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I've had great luck with these folks. Usually less than the other manufacturers. Go with the install. For another $900 you can get a Honda 2000 and have a/c on the hook. Can't post the link yet, oceanbreezeac.com/
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I have two free-standing a/c units [8000 & 5000] from Home Depot on my boat[50ft Samson ketch]. They each produce about 8 gallons of water per day. This goes into my tank fill after filtration. They have a dryer type hose coming out of the back for hot air discharge which exits via a dorade on deck. They also have a heater mode. They could easily be mounted in the cockpit locker on a smaller boat.
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I have two free-standing a/c units [8000 & 5000] from Home Depot on my boat[50ft Samson ketch]. They each produce about 8 gallons of water per day. This goes into my tank fill after filtration. They have a dryer type hose coming out of the back for hot air discharge which exits via a dorade on deck. They also have a heater mode. They could easily be mounted in the cockpit locker on a smaller boat.
Its too bad some enterprising sailor hasn't jumped in to build a more boat friendly version of a free standing AC unit. For our O'day I intially bought one thinking it would be easier to deal with than a window unit. Unfortunately the case was much larger than it needed to be and we couldn't find a good place for it in the cabin. I returned it and went with a window unit.

The cases of the freestanding units are generally a good deal bigger than they have to be and so finding a place for in the cabin of a smaller boat can be a problem. If someone redesigned them to be more compact, perhaps eliminating the water collection in favor of a hose to the bilge, they could be a neat alternative to built-in AC for older boats where it wasn't cost effective to install.

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