Portable AC units

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  1. jim

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    Has anyone had any luck using a portable AC unit to cool their berthing area and wheelhouse. The way my boat is set up I am going to need alot of BTUs to cool off my "greenhouse" like wheelhouse. The wallet is getting thin heading into the final stretch of this refit and I was looking for a cheap simple solution to keep the crew cool and happy for the next few months. I have plenty of room to fit two 16k BTU units in the wheelhouse and it will be easy to vent straight through the winterback , Down below gets a little more tricky but can be done without too much trouble. Any first hand experience?
     
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    A lot of the shrimpers around here use the basic redneck approach. House, through the wall unit, running off the gen set. They just replace it very 2 years.
     
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    Jimmy. I had one on a previous boat, the 28' one. It was ok. One thing it did do was dry the boat out which made it more comfortable sleeping. I think I had the 7K size..
     
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    Thanks Joe. I have a monster generator that I need to keep a decent load on so Im going to go with three of the larger size ones(14-16k BTU) for the hot days and I can stow them when not in use. Should be a good temporary solution until I get some units installed.
     
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    Let us know how you make out Jim. It sounds like a good idea.
     
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    window units/through wall or the floor standing units? Floor standing could easily be used in a boat but would need to be secured which could be a big challenge. Only vent is a 4” flex hose though. Nice and quiet too.
     
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    Floor standing units is what Im thinking. Two in the wheelhouse and one in the vee berth area.
     
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    I've wondered about one of these if you have the space. They come in a number of sizes and the unit sits outside with hoses running into the location you want to cool. That's better than the floor models that either take cold air from inside your space then vent out warm air (which means the air it vents out must be replaced by outside air); or they have two hoses to the outside, one pulling warm air into the unit and one pushing hot air out.

    I figure when I'm running it it'll go in the cockpit (or possibly on the cabin top) and when I'm not running it I'll find somewhere to stash it. Maybe in the cockpit with a cover on it or down in the cabin - I can give up cabin space when I'm not using it. I only need AC a few times a year, so I'm considering trying one of these even though they are pricey.


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    If you go looking around there are examples of people taking a window unit and fashioning ducts on them, ie so the unit is mounted away from the space to be cooled. Since the goal here is cheap if you start at a $120 unit it might be a good option.
     
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    We tried one from Job Lot last year before I got the Webasto plumbed in. It was on wheels and was a loose cannon under way. But it saved my ass on days like today when standing on my head in the bilge.
     
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    Yeah I will make sure they are sittin tight...not sure how yet but a little beer brainstorming Im sure we will figure it out,
     
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    We used the floor standing one with 4” vent in or old sport fish for years. Only issue is the condensate drain.

    If you can drop that line into the bilge and let the pump handle it then you don’t have to empty the pan every few hours.
     
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    Thats what I was planning on doing just running the drain hoses into the bilge. Ive been told the roof mount units work real good I just hate the idea of cutting a hole into the roof. I would still need a floor unit for the bunk area.
     
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    Prob take the wheels off and put a piece of plywood on the bottom with some self tapping sheet metal screws then add some rubber feet and be good. Maybe a little wing off one side that could screw to a seat under the cushion to really hold it.
     
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    Prob take the wheels off and put a piece of plywood on the bottom with some self tapping sheet metal screws then add some rubber feet and be good. Maybe a little wing off one side that could screw to a seat under the cushion to really hold it.
     
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    UV TINT!!! putting it on next week i will send you some pics.
    Going to make a huge difference.
     
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    are you putting it on yourself or having it done?
     
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    i suck at anything that needs finesse. Someone else will be doing it. I will let you know how much cooler the cabin is.
     
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    I been thinking about tinting some windows on the NB as well , esp the smaller ones in bathroom and berth for more privacy as i have some boats tight to me in the slip... the big ones in the cabin could def be a little darker but i do like the natural light. will be interested in what yours look like.
     

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