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New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

Greetings all,
Last week I became the proud owner of a new (for me) 1989 Crealock 37. I found a lot of the material on this site to be very helpful, and hopefully I can contribute something back as I go through the modifications (repower, electrical repairs etc.). I could use some advice regarding air conditioning. I am looking at installing a Dometic Vector Turbo 16,000 BTU unit under the starboard settee. Any information on running ductwork and problems encountered would be appreciated. I did a web search and could not find where anyone had done an installation on a PSC 37. Thanks.
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

radcat:
I'm sorry I can't help you with your AC question but wanted to congratulate you on your purchase nonetheless. Maybe a call to the factory may help?
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

I can't help with your A/C question either, but congrats on your new (to you) boat and good luck & smooth sailing.You will learn what an awesome sailing vessel she is.
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

RadCat: Congrats on your purchase. I installed my AC in the V-Berth port side. The stbs setee has a fuel tank under it. So it was easy to run ducting, one goes straight up and the other aft.
You should post a picture of your boat so we can all admire!

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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

Thanks for the replies. My main concern was whether or not it is OK to run ductwork through a bulkhead without affecting the strength. There isn't a lot to admire right now, everything is pretty torn up. In addition to the repower, I took out the head and am replacing it with a composting head. The original owner went straight to the Bahamas and never plumbed the holding tank (they used it as another water tank)- everything went straight over the side. I have fond memories of maintaining the head on a Pearson 323 so I decided to try something different. I'll post some before and after pictures.
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

If I can remember correctly, I ran the main supply up to the corner behind the seat back and had it aiming up into the main cabin. I then "y"d it off with the intent of sending it towards the galley area. When I starting cutting holes with a four inch hole saw, I found there was enough room between the under seat storage area and the outside of the seat to run a three inch flexible duct. Using this newly discovered unused area, I avoided having to lose part of the under seat storage. I also "y"d off a four inch hose through the head to discharge into the forward berth. It was only possible using a four inch hole saw on a electric drill. A circular four inch hole will not weaken the structure. Hope this helps.
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

Took my AC out. It was in the Starboard locker just behind the mast step. I needed it for my batteries. It was a two part system with the condenser taking up 1/2 of the large v-birth locker. Another reason to jetison. Wife wants it back in so it will probably go under v-birth but haven't figured out logistics yet. Figure the two part was different from what you have.
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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

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Thanks for the replies. [snip] I took out the head and am replacing it with a composting head. The original owner went straight to the Bahamas and never plumbed the holding tank (they used it as another water tank)- everything went straight over the side. I have fond memories of maintaining the head on a Pearson 323 so I decided to try something different. I'll post some before and after pictures.
I also know nothing about AC but wanted to extend congratulations and welcome! I would also love to hear (and see pics) of the composting toilet conversion. Our Lavac is great but I'd dearly love to get rid of the holding tank and rats nest of hoses! Please keep us posted.

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Re: New PSC 37 owner- need help with A/C

radcat,
From what I've heard PSC embraces their owners, new or used. And I'd be surprised if you couldn't call them and get all the answers direct from the horse's mouth on Monday. About the bulkhead, and quite possibly also what they have used on other boats.
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Ask for "Thumper" at Pacific Seacraft. He helped me greatly in my refit I did inMaine last year. I just spent the day rebuilding my Grocko head. I'd love to see your composting install. Good luck.
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