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Old 12-12-2019, 04:35 PM   #1
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I need to replace my A/C units. Recommendations? I have a 6,000 in the aft cabin and forward cabin and a 16,000 in the main saloon.
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Old 12-12-2019, 05:12 PM   #2
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I've got 3 of the Marine Air Vector Turbo units (now sold as the Dometic Turbo). 2x 10k and 1x 16k. They had a few issues early on and 1 was replaced under warranty. But since then, they've been more reliable (but not quite as good as the 1980s Marine Air units they replaced). They work great, however. Not overly loud considering there's not much to block sound in my install (and there's an optional sound shield to make them quieter). And they cool and heat well.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:35 PM   #3
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I've had excellent experience with Mermaid. Good equipment and cheerful top-notch factory support on the sole problem I ever had with them.

If you search threads you will find a number of TFers that highly recommend a company in Florida that builds AC units to spec at a good price. Can't remember the name, but looked worthwhile to check out.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:39 PM   #4
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I also like Mermaid. I have put them in several boats with good success.
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:06 PM   #5
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I've had excellent experience with Mermaid. Good equipment and cheerful top-notch factory support on the sole problem I ever had with them.

If you search threads you will find a number of TFers that highly recommend a company in Florida that builds AC units to spec at a good price. Can't remember the name, but looked worthwhile to check out.

Are you thinking about Ocean Breeze in Stuart Fl? I have one of their units. It seems to work fine.
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:15 PM   #6
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That's the one! No direct experience but they seem to have an enthusiastic following.
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Are you thinking about Ocean Breeze in Stuart Fl? I have one of their units. It seems to work fine.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:25 AM   #7
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We had Marine Airrrr Vector Compact units, worked fine for 16 years, still working when we replaced with Dometic Turbos (originally Marine Airrr Vector Turbos) this year.

Newer ones are quieter and blow more, composite drain pan (so no more rusty condensate), slightly improved programming on the wall panel... but I only have a few months on them so no long-term experience.

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Old 12-13-2019, 08:34 AM   #8
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An FYI, on page two of this thread is an a/c post on "Flagship Marine A/C"
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:39 AM   #9
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Marinaire. Easy install and works great. 16000 btu
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Old 12-13-2019, 09:52 AM   #11
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Mermaid Air here for 20 years no issue (now I jinxed myself)
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What's driving the perceived need to completely replace all of them?
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I've put 10+ years on two Mermaid package units. No problems, except one thermostat died. Nice thing is they use household thermostats that are cheap to replace. No fan of the other brands digital control panels, seem they can fail often and are proprietary and expensive.
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