Date: 4 April 2016. Air
was much better than the summer previous in that I had access to a
power cord and was able to run a 5000btu Haier
air-conditioner. I bought the smallest and least expensive
wall-banger* unit sold. In checking it also used the least power at
455 watts. That was a big selling point.
RV roof-top units start at 1300 watts, thus necessitating a
generator such as the HondaEU2000.
9 August 2016. Today I've been looking with a friend for
a generator to power his 1300btu air-conditioner. Reviews lead
us to believe that the 2k generators will not start the a/c.
recommended he buy a Yamaha 3000 with an electric start. It's
bigger, heavier and will require a permanent installation.
That unit also appears to be a good long-term solution to
powering the a/c.
The Honda2400 would work too but who wants to pull a cord
every time you need to cool off with air-conditioning?!?
*Wall-banger: your standard room air-conditioner commonly used in
houses, apartments and trailers.
experimenting netted a few results. Today I'll tell you what I
learned and how I'm going to apply it to this summer's expected heat
degree weather with the sun baking my boat I use a 5000 BTU
Haier. She cost me $130 through
The temperature settings are numbered 1 through 10.
I set her to cycle on and off
and save power. At midday the air-conditioner does not cycle.
#3 (of ten) is quite sufficient. It keeps my galley area
comfortable. When the temperature is in the 90's I have moved it to
#4. That puts the inside temperatures in the upper 70's or low 80's.
It is comfortable without being cold. I do not do cold.
Seaweed has a lot of windows in the
galley/dinette area. Great views are a part of the life I so enjoy.
The main cabin size 7' by 11 feet including the area in front of
Forward of the helm is usually tidy
when I'm underway solo.
This photo was taken during a sea-trial for the
There are a
LOT of windows and Seaweed is a bit drafty too. My forward cabin is 8' long
and narrows at the bow. Insulation in Seaweed is nonexistent.
are wonderful for views however they let in a lot of heat in the
My cabin is
8' long and narrows at the bow. Insulation would no doubt help in
cooling and heating the boat.
Skipper is relaxing on my bunk.
Behind her head is access panel to my anchor locker.
5000 BTU is more than sufficient
to cool my boat when placed in the pilothouse
door. I tried it in the hatch of my forward cabin. That failed. The
bunk area turned into an ice-cube factory. Even with a large box fan
drawing cool air out of my cabin the galley did not get cool.
doorway the 5k BTU Haier worked fine. It was just butt ugly. It
blocked my doorway. Plus have I mentioned how awful it looked? I
really did not like it.
The wood over the a/c unit blocked the rest of the
doorway. It looked dreadful too.
my home. I am pleased with her and want my boat to look good at all
times. A shabby wall-banger tucked into the door with wood to hold
it in place and keep out the hot air... well, it just wasn't me. So this
year I had to come up with a better solution.
And I have.
I'll be helping to put together the nifty new hood. I'd heard good
and gave the gent a call. Phone: 407-435-9733. He's a boater too, and designed the
shield. Scott was most informative.
I decided his hood would enable me to mount my
wall-banger in an unobtrusive manner. A few days later my custom
made hood arrived. Yeah!!!
tweaked it. I am woman so you know I had to improve it a little bit,
Soon I will mount the hood/shield and air-conditioner on the
overhead in my galley. I've got the pieces ready for assembly.
I would like to move the
Fan-tastic Vent fan
forward to my pilothouse. That's going to take someone braver than
I. You see it will require cutting a 14" square hole in the
retrospect that is where I should have installed the
fan-tastic fan originally.
The pilothouse is the highest point of Seaweed and since heat rises
the fan would be perfect there.
One step at
a time, don't 'cha know?!?
So it looks
like my decadence level continues to increase. Seaweed has
definitely improved over time. Life is great afloat. I know how
blessed I am and wish everyone could be as happy as I am.
One thing I
always stress especially to folks new to boating is that you get out
here and see what you want First before adding the extras. A marine
air-conditioner while wonderful is going to be considerably more
expensive than my solution.
I'm glad I
waited. For approximately $300 I have an air-conditioner for
Seaweed. Don't price marine units unless you have a thick wallet.
As I am out
here more items come to the front of the "gosh, that would be great
to have" while others fade away. Next on the Decadent Scale of
Happiness is the air conditioner installation. It's been a process.
is a definite Decadence item. It's going to allow me to have an
air-conditioner mounted permanently and ready for immediate use. I
can run it through my inverter when powered by the engine's
alternator. That is a bit convoluted and the full explanation of how
I'll do it is coming soon.
In the meantime I'm moving anchor chain,
playing in Algae, and staying busy.
Lots of new
stuff -- I've got at least six projects underway and none of them
completed. Seaweed looks like a hardware store exploded parts,
screws, bolts and washers everywhere. It's always this way though
when prepping to get underway. And soon Skipper and I will be off at
though I'll be heading for the Madeira Beach McDonald's. That's
because they have a dinghy dock. What could be better than fast food
on the waterfront with a dock for boaters?
see you out here. Don't forget: if you spot Seaweed along the
waterway be sure to give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.
Do you have an RV or marine air-conditioner aboard?
And, did you opt for a regular a/c unit? How do you power yours?
Boat Noises ~
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