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Pearson 31-2 - AirCon

Hello Pearson Sailboat owners. I Have a 1991 Pearson 31-2 and sail it in the Chesapeake Bay in and around Annapolis, MD. So, usually around July I realize how inhumanly hot it gets here and I fantasize about installing an air conditioner for the sailboat. I'm tied up at a community marina with steady and ample electric hookup.

How easy/hard/expensive would it be to install AC to run off the shore power?

Thanks, Steve Crimaudo
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Re: Pearson 31-2 - AirCon

This is one solution...

A proper marines A/C as much as $2,500 if you do the work yourself.

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Re: Pearson 31-2 - AirCon

Hi! I've got a '88 31-2 in Annapolis also, up Mill Creek. The compartment under the fwd starboard seating, next to the mast (where the transducers are), was sort of designed for an AC unit- it was an option when built- especially being close to the thru-hulls to tie in to. I think if you poke around the old Chesapeake Pearson owners' website there are some examples of retrofit units that fit in there well. Can definitely be a weekend DIY job if you're a little handy. I recall reading that it needed to be very very compact, and may not be space to run any ducting to other parts of the boat- would be direct discharge.
I'm considering adding an AC- only have a dehumidifier now- would use a portable AC and strap it on the deck against the port side of the mast (still plenty of room to walk by to the head/v-berth), and run the exhaust duct to the dorade vent over the table. Being right by the head, probably snake a condensate discharge line into the shower pan versus the bilge (I like to keep the bilge dry). Also can run the power cord to the outlet in the head. Home Depot has some for ~$220?
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