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Old 07-20-2016, 08:46 AM   #21
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[QUOTE=Heron;461743]Yeah.....Now that my boat is dark blue, I'm finding 12000 BTU's is marginal in this hot Carolina climate...I think a 16K upgrade is in the cards

There is also a product called "Temp Coat" on the "Silent Running" website. Hard to find it's right down near the bottom of the page. Anyway I have purchased but have not applied yet. It is supposedly very good at reducing heat transfer though the hull, deck etc. If you can get to these areas to apply it may be worth the money. It may save you quite a bit. I'm hoping with my smaller unit this will be enough for the Monkey.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:19 AM   #22
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Larry: the portable AC won't work for me, still have to vent to outside and then the thing just stands there in the way, like R2D2 (Star Wars?). But, the titanium film you're trying sounds interesting, especially since it doesn't seem to have a sticky side. Looking forward to how it works out for you.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:30 AM   #23
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This piece of crap ole floor A/C is rated 9000 BTU (photo). It keeps my interior dry and at about 10 degrees cooler when the boat is shut up, sitting on the galley counter with the drain in the sink. In my 12 x 8 pilothouse, it doesn't do much better than 5 degrees in the sun. I've been over and over and over the options and after hearing very good ratings from other new Krogen buyers who have installed the 3M heat reflective clear film on their pilothouse windows, I decided to head to Home Depot and check out the display they have there. The display consists of a square box with a sample window of a different window film on three sides and a clear window on the remaining side. There is a heat lamp inside the box, and you can revolve the box around the heat lamp to test each window film including the 3M clear, a Limo tint, a clear window and one with a Metalic reflective film.

Even my Admiral agreed that the metalic window film was darned near as cool as the 3M stuff, so I saw that that there was a Gila display with the titanium film that is not an adhesive film, but a cling type. I just got the stuff today but I've been taking temperatures inside the pilothouse for the last couple of days. I figure I should get around to applying the film in the next couple of days and I'll post my findings here.
We didn't get the cling stuff but we bought the Gila metallic that claims to have a pretty high heat rejection rate. We scraped all the old tint off the windows and put the new stuff on a few. It's every bit as hot to the touch as the bare glass. It's also weird because it's metallic on the inside particularly at night and it's like looking in mirrors all the time. You can't see out at night very well but you can see inside from the outside very well. It's like it's backwards. I asked hubby if he thought they goofed up and put the adhesive on the wrong side!

As an experiment, we put it on the outside of one of the Windows and that actually works much better. To the touch, the glass is much cooler and you can't see in at night but can see out just fine.
We're seriously thinking about just putting it on the outside. It's cheap enough and easy enough to replace every few years if it gets messed up.

I just don't know if I'm a fan at all of the mirrored look. But I'll live with it if it reduces the heat.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:34 AM   #24
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I wonder if anyone has tried one of those two part ACs. No window is required and just a smallish hole for piping and power.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:40 AM   #25
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I wonder if anyone has tried one of those two part ACs. No window is required and just a smallish hole for piping and power.
I have asked about the mini split systems in another thread but there doesn't seem to be much experience with them.

They look easy to install and not expensive.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:14 PM   #26
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From Janice :"Forgot one thing: I had one of those room a/c's that sit on the floor and vent outside. It did not do the job in 90+ degree weather. Too many windows, too many air leaks, no insulation. For me, for Seaweed the tall things that sit on the floor did no good."

We also tried one of these floor units in our sailboat. It would bring the humidity down a bit and seemed to cool about 10 degrees lower than outside temps at night. It couldn't keep up at all during the day. The big problem is they vent outside and the air has to be returned to the cabin somehow. Basically, as you cool and dry the air in the boat, the vented air is constantly being replaced with hot, humid air through leaks from outside, so it isn't very efficient. We eventaully installed a true marine unit and never looked back.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:42 PM   #27
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I had a company that does most of the offshore supply boats and high dollar sportfish in the area come on board and do the windows. He said this stuff would drop temp by 10 degrees at the window, he was right close. Not cheap but works.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:44 PM   #28
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I had a company that does most of the offshore supply boats and high dollar sportfish in the area come on board and do the windows. He said this stuff would drop temp by 10 degrees at the window, he was right close. Not cheap but works.
What did he use?
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:56 PM   #29
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Getting ready for a long weekend on LunaSea, will look it up when on the boat.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:15 PM   #30
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Getting ready for a long weekend on LunaSea, will look it up when on the boat.

How fun!
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