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Question Carry-on AC

Hello,

I just bought a 1984 S2 8.6 and am considering the purchase of
a WESTMARINE carry-on air conditioner. What is the best or recommended
way to power this animal when away from the slip? I'm wondering if
it will be more trouble that it is worth. All comments appreciated.

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Mike
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I don't think there there is any suitable way to power an aircondtioner, carry-on or otherwise, on a small sailboat. I think you'd need a generator to do so, which takes up precious space, requires gas on board and creates a carbon monoxide problem. Also, it might inspire piracy if you were to leave your gen-set running to power the AC in a quiet achorage.

That said a carry on AC can make life at the dock much more enjoyable. My boat allows me to place a cheap window unit in the companionway and still have room to squeeze by. I leave it in the dock box if we'll be achoring out or daysailing, but haul it aboard if visiting another place that will afford shore power. It makes a huge difference when sleeping on the boat dockside. I'll often set it up after returning to the dock, then hit the pool to cool myself off while it cools down the boat. If you can adapt a window unit to your boat it is much cheaper, though you'll have to fashion your own handles.
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Sure there is...Honda 2000 or similar gas generator can power a small AC. Nevertheless...you will grow to hate a carry on! Before investing $900 bucks, you might think about whether investing a bit more in a real marine AC might serve you better.
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Any recommendations on a small AC unit?
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There are a number of popular makes but before going there, you might be best served by trying to figure out where you'd put it in a boat of that size. Among the considerations would be weight distribution, routing of duct work, void space in terms of whether you'd have space for one compact unit or one which can separate the condensor and compressor components.
It's also likely you'd need to upgrade the electric service onboard.

This is not to say I wouldn't suggest a permanent unit which is quite do-able and you already recognize it can require some careful planning. Going through the effort to do it right will pay off in ease and comfort later.

Among the better units is the Marine Air smallest I believe is 6000 BTU which might suffice for you.
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Sure there is...Honda 2000 or similar gas generator can power a small AC. Nevertheless...you will grow to hate a carry on! Before investing $900 bucks, you might think about whether investing a bit more in a real marine AC might serve you better.
Tossing around a 45 pound generator and a 70 plus pound AC unit on a
28' boat hardly fits my definiton of suitable, so I agree that he'll quickly come to hate the big carry on.

That said, the cost of installing a water cooled marine AC is many multiples of the $900 carry on unit, and you can always buy the carry on at a steep discount from someone that already hates it. ;-)

In my case the cost of an installed AC system doesn't make sense against the value of the boat, but I don't want to sleep in a sweatbox, so I sought a more cost effective, if cumbersome solution. My WVYC (West Virginia Yacht Club) approved window unit weighs about half of the Cruiseair and provides the same cooling BTU's. Sure its bit of a PITA, but I can buy 8 of them and have change left over from $900.
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looked on Walmart.com, I see a Haier 5200 BTU unit for $108 that weighs 44 pounds.
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Thanks for all the input. I believe I will go the 'portable AC' route. Most are small enough to handle my small cabin and the price is right... (7000 btu around $300).
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