Originally Posted by BlueYonder
The low starting amps are nice. (double that number for those of us on 120VAC). The 16000 btu version uses about the same amount of power when running at full speed as a traditional 16000btu air conditioner. You might be able to use a small genset if its continuous rating will support the max power demand. Much easier to do than trying to support the starting amps of a traditional air conditioner.
Home systems have been using inverter systems for some time. I have one at my home. I think the 45% saving might be over rated.
I believe the smaller 8k btu unit is about £1k, but by the time you add in all the bits and pieces it starts to get expensive.
The only advantages I can see are the small start amps, and the facility of the unit to auto switch to low power when you turn on another appliance on the boat.
Silent running at night time would be a big bonus; no cutting in and out of the thermostat.