AirConditioning in the Baja Summer
BIG Caution - you will be the most popular boat in the anchorage or marina. EVERYTHING that requires gathering on a boat will occur on your boat. And, my experience is that boats that have AC also have ice makers so you will have constant visitors - bringing good scotch or gin&tonic water
and offering it in trade
for ice and cool conversation.
Six of us (boats I mean - about 10 people) hung out together for several years in the sea. Tackless II (a CSY
44 - Gwen and Don) had visitors at every hour of the day and night because they had a great AC system and a big ice maker and really big freezer
(can you say I SCREAM?). They did enjoy the company and were prepared for it because they operated Tackless II as a dive charter
boat in the Virgn Islands for seven years.
They ONLY used their AC in the late afternoon with the intent of getting the sleeping area down to 77 F or so by midnight. But - their main cabin
was usually 10 degrees below outside ambient from cocktail hour to cruisers midnight (10 PM?)
BUT - the key observation about their AC system and life aboard. Whenever we gathered on Tackless II - we (sometimes a dozen of of us) would sit in their center cockpit
under their hard dodger/canopy and surrounded by their 90% sun screen
. We spent time below in the cool AC environment
only about 10% of the time - usually when we were have "formal" dinners.
Once a week we had cooking
competitions to see who could make the most outstanding "theme dish." We usually wore nice clothes and made a "civilized" meal of it - thus requiring the AC environment
so we did not sweat on our silk shirts.
They had a very well insulated generator
because I never heard it run despite spending hundreds of nights anchored within 50 yards of them.