The time has come to replace my two marine
A/C units as they have gotten to the end of their lifespan. I installed 2 Flagship Marine
16500 btu self-contained units about 6 years ago, and they have been running 24/7 ever since. I am on my second compressors and have replaced one of the blower motors. I have not been unhappy with these units, and the customer service
from Flagship has been exceptional over the years with them giving advice
and technical help over the phone
and selling me replacement parts
at really low prices. The main problem has been my location in St Maarten and the complete lack of any decent service
companies to work
on the problems when they happen. I have used everyone on the island at one point or another and they are all basically useless. So now I have decided to just replace both units with new before I put the boat
up for sale
and I am looking for advice
/ confirmation on what to buy.
Looking for input and reviews
from people who have installed new units in the last couple of years. Livaboards in tropical climates would be best as it is similar to my usage.
I have looked at all the available marina A/C companies and this is what I have learned so far.
Marineair. Dometic company with two different grades of quality. Turbo self-contained is probably the best. cost for 16,000 btu $2,900. Reviews
not so good
. Dometic company. It seems that it is the the less expensive option at $1,900. But at different factory. The reviews are not great
Webasto. Not really in the running as they look to be poorly constructed and have mostly bad reviews. Same pricing. I had one once total POS.
There are a bunch of small companies with units built in the U.S like Aquaair, Marin air (built in China) really bad reviews, and others non of which look like a good idea.
Flagship Marine. Have a proven history
with me, very well built units. Great customer support. Got a price
of $1,900 each for 16,000 btu units.
My favourite so far Frigomar. Built in Italy
to very high standards, has newer inverter
technology, variable speed compressor
. High quality components. Price
for 16,000 btu self-contained unit is $3,200 each so a little more expensive than the average. Excellent reviews, but very limited service network in the U.S. Good warranty, 2 years. There is a Frigomar service centre here in St Maarten but they are new and have no history
, otherwise I am going to have to use the sales/ service centre in Florida
( MabruMarine ) for parts
and tech help.
Now the part I need your help with. I need your personal experiences with these brands and any others I have not mentioned so I can make a decision and get on with replacing my old units. Thanks for the advice.