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    Posted: 19 February 2009 at 20:21
For anyone thinging about installing Air Conditioning in there 370, here are a few pictures of my install. The basic unit is a Cruse Air 16000 BTU Heat pump with Heating and Cooling capabilities. An optional backup heater is also available but I did not opt for this addition since I do not use the boat year round.
 
 
Main unit. Water inlet feeds back to starboard locker.
 
 
Vent pipe to rear port cabin follows bottom of cabints, back to starboard locker, then across engine to port cabin wall.
 
 
Main cabin vent.
 
 
Vent in forward cabin.
 
 
Ducting of forward cabin and main cabin via transistion box mounted in the forward closet. I particularly like the fact that very little obstruction was involved in implementing this venting.
 
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Hi Mike,

interesting installation. Here in the cold North an AC isn't really necessary on the boat (yet). How do you handle the power consumption of the AC? Do you have installed extra batteries or don't you use the AC on sea?

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Ralf,
 
In my earlier years, I lived in Leiden, Holland for several years. I do not think I ever had need of AC during my stay there. I do remember cold nights where my host would fill our glass with some Dutch liquer similar to Vodka to keep us warm. Unfortunately, on the Chesapeake, my cabin temperature swings between -5F (-20 C) and 135F(57C) over the course of the year. Both extremes being unconfortable. Many of our boats have a heat pump for these conditions. I'm hoping to spend some confortable days drinking my favorate rum with friends this summer. The heat in the winter will also extend my sailing season Smile. We typically only use the AC when docked. When we are sailing, there is generally enough air flow to cool us down. Some better financed boats on the bay also carry generators to run the AC during an overnight stay. I do not think anyone uses batteries for this use. I'm sure there would not be any current left by the morning.
 
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Hey Mike - thats are really radical temperatur variations. I think in that hot summers I wouls prefer to have an ac as well on the boat.
 
What kind of dutch liquer was it? Genever (oude or jonge)?
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Wow 57 Celsius is realllllllllly high temperature. I hope the gelcoat and acrylic glas will not melt in these tempsWink
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Ralf, That's the name "Jonge Genever". I've been trying to remember that name for years!!! I like the liquer because it REALLY warms up the insides. My wife hated it though. I've never seen it this side of the pond. Wink. Blake, don't think we have to worry about the gelcoat but you should see the remains of a sandwich if forgotten during the week... yuck.
 
Still waiting on the through hull for the AC though. Temp has to be above freezing at night before they will pull the boat and install. We have only had 2 days above freezing for Jan and Feb. Maybe March will be better.
 
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