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09-27-2010 11:12 AM
QuickMick i just replaced a window unit that is mounted in the vee berth, the only thing is you need a blower (you can see one hanging down--lol--not where it is supposed to be) to recirc the air.. it does a good job. esp w/the door shut.

09-20-2010 10:34 PM
Imike28 I've been looking into ac units for my islander 28 and I'm leaning towards a self contained unit.And run it off of electricity at the slip or on a eu2000 generator.with this all said I'm in the same boat.
09-18-2010 08:49 PM
trisstan87 When I go to Marinas looking at boats I sometimes see the ones with the window units hanging out. I think it is atheistically unpleasing, it really takes away from the boats beauty. Lots of good options here though, I don;t think you will have much trouble.
08-08-2010 03:26 AM
chris31519 If you have the funds a properly installed sea water system is small,light and almost silent. You can build it into a tiny space. SOmething like this would be ideal for your boat: 40 lbs, runs from a Honda EU1000i or inverter if you have the amp-hours

Marine Air Conditioner - Mermaid -Boat air conditioning: eBay Motors (item 110282610358 end time Aug-13-10 07:10:17 PDT)
08-07-2010 05:28 PM
catamariner Glad it works! The boat we just bought comes with A/C installed and an all-electric galley, guess they were not planning on much time at anchor :-)
08-06-2010 09:26 PM
Just fired up my 12yr old Cruisair--still works!

It came withe the boat and looked like it hasn't been used in years--probably hasn't. Anyway, fired it up yesterday and it still works like a charm. I hear they can be found on ebay, etc for 200-300 used.

Compared to the portable ones on wheels, mine weighs a ton! Bigger, unwieldily, and takes up a huge amount of room stowed away in my O27. Won't make it through the doors to the v-berth, so it goes in one of the berths under the cockpit--need to get a canvas tarp to place it on though.

If I didn't have this one, I'd look into the new ones on rollers mentioned by others earlier.

PS- I need to get the hatch cover bag that seals the hatch while in use. West Marine wants something crazy like $250 or so. I think I'll figure out how to make it myself and save the pennies.
08-01-2010 12:56 PM
chris31519 Dometic - Cruise-Air used to make a portable sea water cooled unit packed into a Samsonite suitcase. 7,000 BTU, about 40lbs and very compact and almost silent ( I have one). You might find one second hand.

Alternatively get one of their units and build it in underneath the V-berth. More expensiive, but on a 28 ft boat space is a premium. Cruisair DX Self Contained Air Conditioning and Heating Systems - Marine Boat You can get the same units cheaper on eBay (new).

I have a Honda EU1000i but I find it still too noisy at anchor (I hate to to this to people anchoring nearby). I made a noise proof box but then have problems with heat dissipation. I still find a wind scoop best out of the marina, or fans if there is no wind.
07-29-2010 09:57 PM
chef2sail We have one of the cruise air hatch units bought 6 years ago. It stores under the filler of our V berth when inderwya. We always have a breeze when anchored out, but in our slip or when traveling it has been the difference bewtween us using the boat or not.

It stows easily never moves aorund underway, and is never in the way as what goes under most people V berth fillers?

We have a rountine for ptting it in the front v berth hatch. We have amused people in marina we have stayed in as my wife and I have a 5 minute choreographed routine. Open the hatch. She gets the spinaker halyard. we attach it around one of the units handles ( it weighs 70 pounds but is bulky and unweilding to lift or carry). She cranks the halyard around a winch while i guide it up through the hatch it emerges from below and the drops right into place. 5 minutes tops. Runs on 110 AC from one of the boats outlets or off a 30 adapter cord off of a 50 amp splitter. We were thinking of even getting a small HOnda quiet EU2000 and running it at anchor, but quite frankly have never neede it at anchor. Why sweat and be uncomfortable, it has allowed us to go to our boat every Friday evening and cools our 35 footer fine.the V is like an icebox Hella fans bring the cool air to the rest of the cabins. When the unit dies I will probably put a marine reverse cycle on in with ducts.

07-21-2010 06:11 PM
RTB As I mentioned, it does stow under the v-berth, but not securely, so I need to figure a way to secure it when underway. That can be accomplished any number of ways.
07-21-2010 06:04 PM
deniseO30 RTB,
those portable units make allot of sense! (imho) less dangerous then trying to navigate a window unit in the companion way or front hatch. they are very very efficient also. The only bad thing would be it rolling around when under sail.

your friendly neiborhood hvac girl
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