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Old 03-02-2016, 10:16   #16
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Not to mention the currents through the pass...
You learn about slack tides. Used to get the ski rope wrapped around us a lot. Lived in Cornet Bay.
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Unless you are a dock queen you don't need air conditioning in the Caribbean. At anchor you get the full 20 knots of Trade Winds down every hatch.

Some of the best anchorages have no wind.
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Re: Air Conditioning in Caribbean?

Never had it, never missed it. But we always anchor out and there were some "sticky" nights. Living on the hard while having boat work done we HAD to have it though.
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I dive frequently in Fl Springs, year round water temp where I usually dive is 68F.
that is too cold for a wet suit, we almost all dive in dry suits, only a few can tolerate it in a wet suit.
Your probably swimming in temps like that?
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I dive frequently in Fl Springs, year round water temp where I usually dive is 68F.
that is too cold for a wet suit, we almost all dive in dry suits, only a few can tolerate it in a wet suit.
Your probably swimming in temps like that?
Your nuts!
I grew up diving in PNW waters... about 53 degrees F. All we had were wetsuits. Yeah... it was cold!
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:47   #21
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I dive frequently in Fl Springs, year round water temp where I usually dive is 68F.
that is too cold for a wet suit, we almost all dive in dry suits, only a few can tolerate it in a wet suit.
Your probably swimming in temps like that?
Your nuts!
Highest summer temp is 56 f
winter 46
Deception Pass a lot colder
Shallow bays can be relatively warm
warm waters in Desolation Sound caused by current flow.
We would water ski through Deception every New Years Day
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Re: Air Conditioning in Caribbean?

I grew up in Boston and now sail the Elizabeth islands out to Nantucket, and live in NH. 68 deg water is just getting nice for swimming, a few strokes and you're acclimated. We did scuba each May in about 45 deg water with a 1/4" custom fit wet suit. I could last about 45 minutes.

I can usually put on enough insulation to stay warm, but not take off enough to stay cool. I like A/C.

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YES!

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Looking at a boat at the moment that is fitted with aircon. Concerned we don't need it and could be just another item needing maintenance.

Do we need aircon in Caribbean over Dec - March?
ask your wife/mate she will tell you what she needs.
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You definitely don't need it Dec- March!
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Re: Air Conditioning in Caribbean?

We don't have it, and didn't want it. You don't need it in the Caribbean. If you're concerned, get a wind scoop. They take up a lot of storage space as well.


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Re: Air Conditioning in Caribbean?

IMO, some of the boats, depending on design, can get real hot below with the tropical sun and become most unpleasant. Many people sleep in cockpits with netting for that very reason. Multihulls seem to cool off quickly and heat up quickly due to thinness of decking.

I am happily married and so I enjoy snuggling with the MRS. If you have a woman with you ...ask her what she wants. I bet she doesn't enjoy sweating her tush off...

Even a fan sometimes will not be enough to keep me cool enough. The other thing I have found as I get older...I don't tolerate the heat as well as I used to when I was younger.
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You don't need it in the Caribbean. If you're concerned, get a wind scoop. They take up a lot of storage space as well.


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I thought a wind scoop actually rolled up in a small space




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We don't have it, and didn't want it. You don't need it in the Caribbean. If you're concerned, get a wind scoop. They take up a lot of storage space as well.


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Depends. Our system was virtually invisible with the compressor in the engine room and vent ducts fitted into the cabin sides(like a split a/c unit). Guess it depends on your budget and boat size. If you can afford a good size cruising boat(38' +), then an a/c unit really improves the quality of life aboard(unless you like being stinky and moldy). Its like having refrigeration and an ice maker aboard. Really can change living aboard from camping out to a luxurious experience for not much money.
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Re: Air Conditioning in Caribbean?

[QUOTE=a64pilot;2035091]I thought a wind scoop actually rolled up in a small space



Our boat came with four. We gave one away, and the rest are still rolled up in a small place.

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