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Marine AC in TX

I have a heat/cool system on my sailboat located in South TX on the Gulf. It's winter now and I want to know if I should shut the system down or keep it running. (I'm thinking algae and barnacles may develop if I don't keep it cycling... or even if I do???) ???
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I have my boat in Port Aransas. I leave mine off when I am not on the boat.

I don't do any special winterizing as we have a lovely year-round sailing season. If it gets really cold, I have a boat safe heater for the engine compartment.
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Marine AC in TX again...

Thanks for that info... I am new to TX and thought I needed to keep the AC cycling all the time or face corrosion and barnacles in the thru hull lines??? If I can shut it off during the winter, that would be great!!!
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You can close off the through hull and not really worry about it. Make sure you periodically clean out the strainer.

Where is your boat located?
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