Well, I’ve poured over the inter-web and this forum and see a number of folks installing air con on their boats. We did this as well in 1996 – with a Glacier Bay system. We have 2 Artic Air “air handlers” both rated at 6000 BTUs (not the Micro HPS system). These were intended to run in the “spare” down time when the GB compressor
was idle with the freezer
and ‘fridge pulled down. Well, in theory anyway. In practice, however, the GB system was poorly installed (glad I took their recommended installer), and never really gave us the Air Con we were wishing we had in the Sea of Cortez
Artic Air unit
Now years later, we have replaced the ‘fridge” units with a BD50f and roll bond box, and soon will be installing a system from Rich (Third Day) in our freezer
. The old GB freezer plates are junked at my stainless steel
fabricator’s shop, and soon I will remove all the left over GB compressor
, 1HP motor
, etc. (may keep around a while though.)
This bit of background now brings me to the questions I have.
Window unit Picture
Does anyone have “Split system” experience on a sailboat? Seems like that is basically what GB was trying to do, use the High Back Pressure (HBP) TECUMSEH (reciprocating) compressor to run the Artic Air units. It was loud, and ate a million amps.
There are other compressors used in window and wall style units, that look interesting, and I thought of using a BD80f (or 2) but don’t think they have the range to make the Artic Air Units work satisfactorily.
Power is not an initial concern at this point, just getting pointed in a reasonable direction. This would be used dockside only (or on generator
if under 2K load).
Using a window unit in the companionway
while dockside makes summer at the dock
bearable here in South East Asia
, where we hit near 40C daily. If I could cobble together a DIY split-system to the Artic Air units – I would be a hero!
For details, the liquid supply from the GB compressor was ¼” and the suction ½”. I’m wondering is I could pull apart a window unit and run the lines – or ???
Any ideas out there?
Thanks for your thoughts in advance!
Cheers - Jim