I'm new to this forum as of today. To introduce myself we used to have a fiberglass
Tradewinds 28 trimaran
in San Francisco
Bay. Currently we are motorhoming in a Monaco 40 foot motorhome. I love the discussions you've had re the Mahe 36. They're VERY informative and the boat sounds great.
Will you please comment on this A/C idea. A 15,000 BTU motorhome roof A/C costs about $900 and it may solve the space problem for A/Cs that must be located inside the cabin
If you could put the A/C on the cabin roof (they are only 11" high) it would blow cool air horizontially fore and aft along the overhead. For at-dock and when sailing on smooth seas there would be no problem because motorhomes travel at 60-70 MPH in VERY hard rainstorms and crosswinds with NO water leaks
inside the coach.
For rough seas you would have two other choices.
First if lots of sea spray is blowing over the cabin top and you're concerned these A/Cs have fitted soft plastic canvas
Second, you would have to fabricate a hard shell plastic cover that has a gasket
and could be secured, probably with screws, to the cabin top if you expected green water over the cabin top or for a long passage
in the open sea just to guarantee that NO water enters the cabin.
I don't know what marine
A/Cs cost but these motorhome A/Cs cost about $900 so if you have to replace it every 3-5 years it still may be worth it costwise.
Our motorme has two 15,000 rooftop A/Cs and they keep it nice and cool in the Las Vegas heat at 108 degrees. For comparison purposes re cooling
, our motorhome has 10 times more window square footage. I would guess that the front one-piece windshield itself is more single
pane glass area for heat loss than in the entire Mahe 36. Also, there is 320 sq feet of floorspace to be cooled.
Anyhow folks, just an idea for you to ponder.
JerryF AKA: Jerry FitzGerald