It is not a major project
to install an air conditioner as an after market item. The key to success is taking the time to match the unit and its "footprint" to your available space.
- - Normally in a new boat
like the Hunter
there is already a "place" and some circuitry factory installed for an air conditioner. You just have to find it and then match the space to a unit.
- - The new a/c units come in a wide variety of "foot prints" and heating/cooling cycles. This is the part that takes the time - finding out what the Hunter factory used. The rest is simple and straight forward.
- - On the other hand for a boat
in an area that does not need an air conditioner for most of the year, you can modify a "window air conditioner" from Home Depot or similar type place. Then place it over a convenient hatch
in the cabin roof-top and use a tarp or similar type material to "seal it" in place. These type units are extremely efficient and economically priced. The big plus is you can remove it from the boat during the season or days you do not need it; keep it in your car/truck until your return back with the boat; and /or store it in a locker or v-berth when you take it with you during the summer months.
- - No matter which way you go, you will need an 120VAC power source to run the air conditioner which means a genset built-in to the boat or a Honda
2000eu external genset on deck
plugged into the shore power
system. There's no getting around that requirement that I know of. Air conditioners draw too much "start-up" power each time they Kick-in so an inverter
cannot be efficiently utilized unless you had a battery
bank near equal to the weight of the Hunter 36 ( a little exaggeration there, but you get the point.)