It may be the case that air conditioning is the last thing on your mind during these cold winter months, however it’s always best to plan ahead. In this case, we’re talking about marine air conditioners and ways to keep your vessel nice and cool when you’re out on the water. It’s important that you know what kinds of marine air conditioners are on the market and what kinds of vessels they work best for. Below, we take a look at four different kinds of marine air conditioners that a knowledgeable boat owner ought to familiarize themselves with.
1. Hatch Mounted Portables
These units are portable and are most similar to the window units you see in some homes or apartments. These small, portable air conditioners are only really suitable for cooling a single cabin for a short period of time. This makes these units ideal for powerboats or overnighter sailboats, but if you’re going to be out on the water for an extended period of time or have multiple cabins to cool, you will likely want to look at other systems.
2. Self-Contained AC Units
Self-contained AC units are typically installed in vessels up to 40’. With these systems, all components are housed within a single unit—which makes for fairly easy installation and a simple to operate system overall. In most cases, the unit is installed in the living area either beneath a bunk or within a locker. These systems also utilize a thru-hull connection, which draws cooler water into the unit and discharges it overboard.
3. Central Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is most often found in boats that are up to 80’ in length. The components of this system are split between two separate units that are installed within two separate locations, meaning the refrigerant must travel between those two units through insulated copper tubing. The first unit is the condenser, which is comprised of a compressor, seawater condenser, and electrical components. The condenser is typically housed within an engine room or in some instances another mechanical area of the boat. The evaporator, on the other hand, is installed within the living space and is made up of an evaporator coil and a blower to keep those living spaces nice and cool.
4. Chilled Water Air AC
Chilled water air AC units are really only suitable for very large boats or super yachts. This is because chilled water systems can be used to cool numerous cabins, utilizing a water loop between the chillers and air handlers. The system consists of a chiller, located within the engine room, that cools or heats fresh water, which is then pumped through an insulated piping loop to the air handles that are located within living spaces.
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If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.