Originally Posted by chrisr
but where does the fixation on a/c come from ? when did we all get so soft that we cannot cope with life unless it is air conditioned ? admittedly, we have a/c, but honestly it's been so long since it was used that i seriously doubt if it works these days.
It all depends on the boat, the people, and the location. Generally, if we're somewhere with shore power, we'll use A/C freely. If we're at anchor
, docked somewhere with no power, etc. then we very rarely use it. But every once in a while, there's one of those hot, humid, windless days (or hot and too rainy to have much opened up) where a couple hours of A/C in the evening as the day cools down can make things far more pleasant and be well worth a couple hours of generator runtime. Especially while cooking
In our case, it's also useful to help get the boat cooled down a bit after a really hot day. Once it's cooled down some, the boat will stay cool just fine with a bit of breeze, but without the A/C, the aft cabin
takes a while to cool, as it doesn't vent nearly as well as the salon
or forward cabin on my boat. Up forward, the portholes and hatch
do a great job of pulling air though, and the salon
has big sliding windows. But the aft cabin just has 1 window on each side just above deck level, so airflow back there isn't nearly as good.