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Central vac on a sailboat? Sounds like something you'd find on a Jeanneau...

Kidding aside (and FWIW), this little unit has worked flawlessly for over 5 years on everything from dog hair to sea water.

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Hey!! Wise guy. We do have a central vac. :)

It's made by Beam for RVs. I don't think our model is made anymore, because I have trouble find bags for it. I'm sure the RV market has a replacement. It's fairly small, fits under a settee, with the intake right below. The hose will reach anywhere in the boat. It requires 110v, but we just vac at the slip or when the genset is running to charge batts or make hot water.

We also have the 2 gal model dewalt wet/dry vac, in the corded/cordless version. We use this mostly for wet vacuuming and it would be difficult to clean/dry the bin to go back and forth.

The central vac has a beater, just like a regular vac, which does a much better job on rugs. Take the beater head off and the 4 ft rigid wand allows you to get to every corner, without bending over.

It was in the boat when we bought her and, admittedly, I would never have thought to install one. But just like remote car door locks that it originally thought were a gimmick, I'm not sure I would go without again, if I had the room.
 
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