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This is cheating I know, because I haven't done the project yet, and because the video isn't mine. However I plan to do this tomorrow to add cheap AC to my man-cave. I thought y'all might like it because it looks like cheap and effective boat AC and ice is often available.



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That's just a version of an old time swamp cooler - you can buy them for cheap - just a fan with a tank.

They add a LOT of humidity to the area they operate in.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I have a smaller dual-fan desktop one I built out of some radioshack parts. Fan on the left pushes air into the box, over ice, and the other draws it and funnels through the tunnel towards me. It's crude, was a first draft, and probably cost me $65 worth of parts (since I didn't want to wait, I bought it all there, including a 12v 1a power supply, plus a jack, and switches, and everything.

Drops the immediate area a few degrees which is just enough to make too warm, into bearable for me.
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That's just a version of an old time swamp cooler - you can buy them for cheap - just a fan with a tank.

They add a LOT of humidity to the area they operate in.
You beat me to it! I figured that one of these (non-swamp cooler models) could cool my boat for cheap. So, I bought a Styrofoam cooler, a 3-inch PVC elbow, and a six dollar car fan at Wal-Mart. I spent a total of $11.00 (I already had the aluminum AC tape). Not the quietest, but it works!. Two blocks of ice will keep it cooling all night.

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You beat me to it! I figured that one of these (non-swamp cooler models) could cool my boat for cheap. So, I bought a Styrofoam cooler, a 3-inch PVC elbow, and a six dollar car fan at Wal-Mart. I spent a total of $11.00 (I already had the aluminum AC tape). Not the quietest, but it works!. Two blocks of ice will keep it cooling all night.
I hope nobody get smart and tries dry ice in the confined space of a boat. That could be deadly.
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I hope nobody get smart and tries dry ice in the confined space of a boat. That could be deadly.
I actually considered a LN2 closed loop system run through a cold water/glycol circulator, but it became too complicated. That was a simple way that we used to simulate space temperatures at NASA. Can you imagine a home built AC system for your boat blowing 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower?
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Please make the pics smaller as they blow the whole page.
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This is cheating I know, because I haven't done the project yet, and because the video isn't mine. However I plan to do this tomorrow to add cheap AC to my man-cave. I thought y'all might like it because it looks like cheap and effective boat AC and ice is often available.



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Substitute ~ 18 frozen bottles of water and you could get ~ > 2 hours of cooling for a small area with no increase in humidity. About 250 BTU per sports drink bottle = 4500 BTUs ( a Cruise-n-Carry is ~ 6500 BTU/hr and will cool a 30' boat in very hot weather). Better air flow too. This would work in a small cabin, though I think I prefer a fan and sweat.

I've used vests with ice pockets for really hot jobs (sand blasting on the summer in full gear) and they really do work.
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Jib bag kit from Sailrite, $75!

I used my wife's inherited 60-year-old Singer Featherweight and it chewed right through, even when sewing through seven layers.

I now have my 150 genoa hanked on and the sheets run, that saves maybe ten minutes of pulling the sail out and rigging everything. Also, the 150 genoa is physically my biggest sail, so getting it out of the cabin and up on deck saves a lot of space.



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