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04-10-2012 03:04 AM
Shawnibrion
Re: Newbie Question - AC?

I use solid state relay - module with screw terminals that are physically restricted by a cover from accidentally touching them. Lots of these available 'round the 'net and eBay, inexpensive.
03-28-2012 04:30 PM
Maytrix
Re: Newbie Question - AC?

I assume by now, you must have your boat by now.

I'll add though, for anyone else that may view this that A/C is really dependent on the person and their preference for it. There's no right or wrong answer. The best answer is that it's better to have it and not use it then want it and not have it.

I've sailed in January and July without it and made out fine. The trip in July we actually had a lot of wind which made a huge difference. Also sailed in Oct, Nov and Feb and had it and used it. Didn't really need it or use it all nights in February, but it was nice a few quiet nights and also no worries about waking up for rain.
03-02-2012 10:31 AM
rundugrun If you're chartering in May, A/C is a luxury you won't need. Where it comes in handy is a rainy night when you cannot leave the hatches open. It can get pretty warm and stuffy without the breeze. That being said, I've never chartered a boat with A/C and I've taken over a dozen vacations in the USVI / BVI. This year I'm going in late June on a boat without A/C. Will it be hot? Yes. But the breeze makes it manageable. Our charter company doesn't provide wind scoops, so I'm bringing my own BreezeBooster.

When I'm in a mooring field and the boat next to me is running their engine all night, it can get obnoxious.

Have Fun!

Doug
03-01-2012 11:03 PM
bobnpaula you really don't need AC in the BVI. There are nice breezes, quite comfortable at night with the hatches open, windscoop even better. Most boats will have small fans in the berth which you can use if you feel the need. We don't usually even use those... nice and breezy at night! Have fun.
02-02-2012 09:22 AM
JanetGroene
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Personally I wouldn't bother with a/c but make sure the charter company supplies wind scoops for the deck hatches. They are like little tents to catch the wind and direct it below - makes a world of difference and helps to keep the rain out too. BVI is pretty safe so, as long as I'm not in a slip (which, for me, is a last resort) I leave the companionway open overnight as well, to let the air circulate.
Geoff makes an important point. As a liveaboard boater I could control comforts but as a boating writer who sailed on many other boats I often found myself in hot, stuffy cabins. It's important to know what the charter boat provides.
02-01-2012 06:12 PM
Geoff54 Personally I wouldn't bother with a/c but make sure the charter company supplies wind scoops for the deck hatches. They are like little tents to catch the wind and direct it below - makes a world of difference and helps to keep the rain out too. BVI is pretty safe so, as long as I'm not in a slip (which, for me, is a last resort) I leave the companionway open overnight as well, to let the air circulate.
02-01-2012 05:47 PM
Tim R. It will take a day or two to get acclimated to the heat. Rely on the cold drinks, gentle breezes and the fans. You will have a much better experience if you do not rely on ALL the modern conveniences.

Midnight skinny dipping is also very helpful.
02-01-2012 05:37 PM
msmith10 I would not have AC in the VIs. Except for a few anchorages/mooring areas where the breeze is really blocked, there's always a nice breeze, nights are not that hot, and bugs generally aren't a problem. Just my opinion.
02-01-2012 05:30 PM
JanetGroene I too would opt for a boat with AC. If ventilation is not good or winds die, it's there. Sounds like you're cramming a lot of people into one boat, so keep in mind that you need a boat that not only SLEEPS six, eight of whatever but ACCOMMODATES that number. Usually that means not filling every bunk.
02-01-2012 05:09 PM
FarCry It all depends on the comfort level that your crew requires.

I've interacted many times with people from Europe and delightful Candadians who feel like they can't even breath the humid island air. If it doesn't rain, AC is rarely needed in May. If it rains all night, a boat can get mighty stuffy and AC feels very nice.

Not all generators are installed or created equally. Many are much quieter than, most wind generators, loud music from shoreside bars and the drunks next to you that think you really do want to hear their crappy music!!!!!

All things being equal, I would go for a boat that has a generator and AC. That doesn not mean you have to use it but you do at least have the option to do so. I see nearly zero value in shoreside AC. Most people do not want to be tethered to a dock every night to run it.

Enjoy your trip.
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