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Old 30-06-2018, 07:57   #1
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Evaporative Cooler

Does anyone have experience with the effectiveness of Evaporative Coolers. Last year I bought an air conditioner at Home Depot and it worked well but it took up too much space and I ended up giving it away. Now I am looking for something small to beat the heat. I expect it will be for shore power. Any thoughts?
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Old 30-06-2018, 09:45   #2
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Only effective in dry weather, use a lot of water.
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Old 30-06-2018, 10:02   #3
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Thank you.
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Only effective in dry weather, use a lot of water.
ditto. Perfect in desert climate, though
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many large manufacturing facilities have them. They work surprisingly well even from a 20 ft ceiling. My company had them in Seattle and they worked well there too. Not a dry climate. I suspect though that one would be larger than a small AC unit. You should be able to make a $165 AC unit fit and work well with some plywood adapter ingenuity.
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Evaporative Cooler

Only thing a swamp cooler would do on a boat is make you understand why they have that nickname.
When I lived in West Tx., they were the main stay, so much so that regular air conditioning was uncommon and was referred to as refrigerated air.
A swamp cooler was actually necessary, without one the air was so dry your furniture could crack, honestly.
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Old 30-06-2018, 12:52   #7
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Isn't the sea the biggest evaporating cooler you could get?
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The sea cooled aircon does not evaporate seawater. Most places where boats are moored have humidity too high to make the swamp (evaporative) cooler viable.

A regular seawater cooled aircon will use the least electricity per BTU.
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Re: Evaporative Cooler

If space is at a premium then built in is the most compact. Second would be a Cruiseair hatch top model. For whatever reason most used chandleries have a few floating around. Not exactly compact but easier to stow than a window unit and plywood baffle.
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