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I have to go with the crowd here and say that a "real" marine AC is the way to go with a nice newer boat like a C320, assuming you are going to keep it a good while.
On my old Oday 322, we got by with a window unit and even though it was a true PITA to use, it kept the boat tolerable even on the hottest days.
It was worth the PITA factor since I knew I would not keep that boat long enough to amortize the cost of installing real AC.
We now have a Catalina 36 with a Rotary Aire (Westerbeke) Marine AC unit and it is great. It will cool the cabin very quickly and the best part is when we are ready to leave the dock, you turn it off and go. No lifting and hefting and looking for a good place to store a clunky metal object.
If you think you might be succeptable to twofootitis, then the carry on might be an option. You could probably get one for about 1/2 the cost of new if you look on e-bay and the like.
BTW where do you keep your boat?
I live in NOVA, work in DC, and keep our boat in Deltaville. Its a haul down there, but we have to boat as a "get away" and Deltaville fits that bill perfectly.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 12-15-2008 at 03:37 PM.
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