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06-12-2009 11:09 AM
eryka
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You have a fridge???????
How else to keep the beer cold?
06-11-2009 09:04 PM
chef2sail At anchor and sail a bimini, windscoop, and 4 12v small Caframo fans do the trick as well as an occasional rinse in the cockpit with the shower nozzel. At the dock...AIR CONDITIONING. We have an in hatch air conditioner which restes under the filler of the V berth when not in the hatch. Its a simple operation for my wife to place a spare halyard around the handle and winch it up through the hatch with me guiding it and takes 30 seconds. next project may be built in AC

Dave

Dave
06-11-2009 08:54 PM
mgmhead When not at the dock I use a white tarp as a boom tent which shades the boat from companion way to mast. I also have a bimini over the cockpit and use a "Breeze Booster" on the forward hatch. This setup along with a couple of 12V fans keeps the boat cool. Well... that and ice cold adult beverages.
06-11-2009 08:21 PM
sailingdog You have a fridge???????

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Originally Posted by eryka View Post
We use a white canvas awning over most of the boat - helps enormously and you can open the hatches underneath even in rain. I also have a chill cloth - a tube of cotton fabric wrapped around moisture-holding beads. You soak it in water and put it in the fridge, then drape it around the back of your neck. It holds the cold for an hour or so, and is pretty effective even in the HHH days (hazy, hot, humid) in the Chesapeake. I found mine at a farmers market for $5.
06-11-2009 08:02 PM
nailbunnySPU i tinted my windows and portlights with heat control platinum stuff from lowes. it calms down the heat and adds some privacy as long as the light is on the other side. curtains next. with temperature problems, i start with windows.

i don't know what I'd do without my 12v fans.
06-10-2009 11:01 AM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Says the Canadian....

Hey, if you're using a manual windlass, you warm up quickly!
06-10-2009 07:33 AM
eryka We use a white canvas awning over most of the boat - helps enormously and you can open the hatches underneath even in rain. I also have a chill cloth - a tube of cotton fabric wrapped around moisture-holding beads. You soak it in water and put it in the fridge, then drape it around the back of your neck. It holds the cold for an hour or so, and is pretty effective even in the HHH days (hazy, hot, humid) in the Chesapeake. I found mine at a farmers market for $5.
06-08-2009 10:17 PM
TQA The first two of the following assumes living on the hook.

BIG windscoop over the forehatch. Make it at least 5 foot high.

Have an awning that shades as much of the boat as possible and if you have a dodger fold it down.

That was sufficient from Trinidad to Florida. I added some Hella fans to provide air movement on windless nights.
06-08-2009 04:45 PM
timebandit I use that green nursery cloth, the stuff you can see through.

You can see through out but can't see in and it is almost invisible to air flow and does not flap in most wind conditions.

I sew and put grommets in it just like canvas.

It won't stop rain though.
06-08-2009 04:15 PM
saltydawg Get pregnant.

Just kidding. On our old boat which we lived aboard for 6 years and cruised on, we lived without a/c or hot water... and I did my full pregnancy on that boat in the muggy Chesapeake Bay. I joke that I was so flush with pregnancy hormones I didn 't notice the heat.

We have 2 air conditioning units dockside now with a little one on board. But I still can feel a BIG difference when I shade out the hatches. I buy scrap fabric at the fabric store (about a $1 for a fat quarter) and then pop it between the screen and the hatch. You still get some light (in lovely colors and prints) but it keep the radiant heat WAY down.
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