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Re: Too hot to sail...

That's fine, but how do you plan on cooling the condenser?

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Too hot to sail...

My current boat is the first one I have had with a Bimini and I have to say it makes the difference between going out for and sail or not. The canvas was in bad shape so I removed it and used 6' x 7' silver tarp from Mcmaster Carr for $10. It hung down on both sides a bit and provided even more shade than the canvas. A second one over the boom keeps the sun off the cabin. I can then leave the sliding hatch open when the thunder storms roll thru. A 4' square one does the same for the open forward hatch.

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Re: Too hot to sail...

We took our (new to us) Mac 26 out for the first time this past Saturday, on Lake Murray, SC. The day time temps were around 105, and mid 80's at night.
We motored for a few hours, then anchored and swam/relaxed for the rest of the day. The heat did get to us despite 12 quarts of gator-aid, and a few gallons of ice water.
The bimini was a life saver...and I like the tip above about the silver tarp (on to do list).
I did not raise the sails on purpose. Too many boats, too little experience, and I wanted the family happy
We were treated to two fire works shows, and had a great evening.


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That's fine, but how do you plan on cooling the condenser?

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Dick,

I think the best way to cool the condenser would be to utilize the same cooling technique used by the 110-volt AC system - a small pump that uses saltwater through a small heat exchanger and dumps it overboard above the water-line. My refrigerator has the same system and it works very, very well.

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Re: Too hot to sail...

Gary, I got wise to the tarp thing about 5-years ago, only mine is white. Same deal though, stretch it over the boom and secure with bungees. Helps keep the area shaded from sun. Haven't used it lately as my present boat has one huge Bimini (blue) and even has shade screens for the sides and rear. It truly does help make the cockpit more comfortable when you can shade the area. BTW, my Admiral is about to change out the Bimini fabric and it will be cadet gray when next I see you.

July 4 was a hot day on the Chesapeake but I just had to get out of the harbor. Found light winds but pleasant enough to stay out for a couple hours. Didn't get 'hot' feeling until we were running downwind on the last leg home.

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Re: Too hot to sail...

So...for those of you who would never live here because of the winters. This week is race week at Bayfield on Lake Superior. Winds be reasonable the heat livable. But we are sailing. As we say, the heat is not bad....at least we don't have to shovel it.
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Re: Too hot to sail...

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I must admit that when I clicked on the topic "too hot to sail" I was really hoping for some pictures.....
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I must admit that when I clicked on the topic "too hot to sail" I was really hoping for some pictures.....
Been hangin' out in SA, have you?

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Re: Too hot to sail...

Auspicious Dave raced with me last night, in the heat and humidity of the Chesapeake.

At first, I chided my crew on the ridiculous amount of beer that they onloaded. I retracted my comment a little while later. Whew. National Bohemian tastes pretty darn good when it's that hot, and you're that thirsty.

I also bought a 5 gallon collapsible water bag to store in the ice box so that we could have cold, fresh water.
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