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Catalina 36 "A/C Compressor" Placement

Currently looking at Catalina 36 MK's 2001-2005 and was wondering about the placement of equipment. Most are located under the settee in the salon port side, however I have just viewed one that is located on the starboard side under the aft berth. Would this be a noise issue if used in the evening. Have not owned a boat yet with Air, but am seriously wanting it in next boat.
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Re: Catalina 36 "A/C Compressor" Placement

I used to have a boat with the AC unit underneath the V berth. It was fairly small just for that cabin so the noise wasn't bad at all.
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Re: Catalina 36 "A/C Compressor" Placement

OK Thanks for your input. I have looked at about 5 boats and it is always under the salon seat, but this one boat (of course one I really like) it is under the aft berth. Just couldn't figure why it was there instead of the salon seat.
Then I wondered if there would be a noise issue. It is a 16,000 BTU, so if anyone else has input on this, I would like to know.
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OK Thanks for your input. I have looked at about 5 boats and it is always under the salon seat, but this one boat (of course one I really like) it is under the aft berth. Just couldn't figure why it was there instead of the salon seat.
Then I wondered if there would be a noise issue. It is a 16,000 BTU, so if anyone else has input on this, I would like to know.
Mine is under the V-berth and I intially worried about noise as well. After 4 years with the boat I find the sound bothers me far less than the heat did.

I wouldn't like that much noise at anchor, but in the marina it can actually be an advantage since the "white noise" can drown out sounds from the marina that might be more disturbing like voices, music and even banging halyards up to a point.
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Re: Catalina 36 "A/C Compressor" Placement

OK, just wondering if there is any telltale signs regarding whether the unit is factory or put in at a later date? Like type of vents etc. This one has a vent over the entertainment cabinet and one in the "V". I could not find one in the aft berth. Will 2 vents cool the boat reasonably?
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OK, just wondering if there is any telltale signs regarding whether the unit is factory or put in at a later date? Like type of vents etc. This one has a vent over the entertainment cabinet and one in the "V". I could not find one in the aft berth. Will 2 vents cool the boat reasonably?
I know mine was an after the fact install. I'm not sure what a factory install would look like.

Our system has a large vent in the saloon, with 4" round vents in the v-berth, head and another large vent in the aft cabin. Even with the vent in the aft cabin, it is generally warmer than the rest of the boat due to the distance from the AC unit.

With only two vents, I would think some fans would be needed to move the cool are to areas that don't have vents and a fan in the aft berth to help cool occupants directly.
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