Originally Posted by echo59
I usually don't post ... spend too much time reading and researching the threads
but, i have a couple questions. there has been much discussion on air conditioning
-- and its alternatives.
what are the pros and cons of marine ac? i realize up front costs are greater, but are they superior to using a window unit, or portable, or hatch ac? what about maintenance? is a thru hull
a possible danger
i'm having a boat built, and i'm unsure of whether a marine ac unit is the way to go. but with high temps and humidity i know i'll need something
Not sure where you are located, but your last indicates someplace south.
A/C adds a lot of creature comfort and is very important if resale value of the vessel is of importance. Even here in the Pacific NW, we use ours sometimes in the summer. They are energy hogs, so generally are used at the dock
or with a quiet small genset. Whatever you decide to do, I strongly recommend that you look at including a keel cooler
so you can have a closed system. You will have a small reduction in efficiency using a cooler, but IMO this small disadvantage is far outweighed by the advantage of not having sea water
circulating through the equipment
and boat. Most of the problems associated with marine a/c are eliminated with a closed system using coolant
We used Flagship units, made in Florida
, and are very happy with them.