I have been out cruising now for 5 years. I bought a Bauer Junior II, gas driven compressor before I left. There are Diesel
versions of this, but they are more expensive.
The compressor was mounted under the boom, in front of the comapion way. It blocks vision a little but it is not bad. I had a fiberglass
box made to cover it so it is fully protected. The box also serves as a "wash station" for gear
Here is the good/bad
1) Runs great, with little vibration. I was worried it would shake the boat, but it just puurs
2) It is out of the way. I was worried that I would always be tripping over it, but since it is under the boom, in front of the dodger
, it is an area that I never walked on.
3) Mounting on deck is the way to go. If it was stored in a locker or down below, I know I would use it less. To hard to haul out
. With it's current position I can get to it in a matter of moments to fill tanks
4) I had a removable bracket made for the base. So if I want to take it off the boat for maintenance
, or to go to another location it is easy.
5) Fills a tank from 300 psi to 3000 psi in 20 mins.
1) Filters are expensive and need to be replaced often. IT IS DANGEROUS TO NOT REPLACE FILTERS. I see a lot of cruisers out here who do not change filters reguarly. They are playing with fire. Filters run between $40 to $50, and last in the topics, 3 months or around 20 fills. Number of fills depends on temp & humidity
2) There is no good way to measure how good the filter is. You have to use a mathematical formula, given by Bauer, to determing the number of fills. Meters for your filters are an additonal cost.
3) Everyone will expect free air fills from you. I have a had time doing this since filter are so expensive, and hard to find
1) Buy a extra long fill hose. Mine is long enough I can leave the tanks in the RIB
, and fill from on deck
2) This is better then a Hookah. In emergencies you can get a tank on faster, not to mention the flexibility a tank gives you.
3) By extra tanks. Yes, I know problems with storage/cost. But these can be soloved. For instance, I carry 6 tanks, all nestled in at the mast
pulpits. Out of the way in un used space. It keeps tank fills down.
4)DO NOT LOOK AT INSTALLIN IN LOCKER, OR ENGINE ROOM. The longivity and saftey for you filter and compressor, is refelcted on how cool you can keep them. At around 100 degrees, the amount of fills you can do, goes down considerbly.
While it was had to spend the money
, it is one of the best things I bought for the boat.