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Old 08-07-2016, 02:38 PM   #21
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I would highly recommend (I have 2 16800btu units) the Ocean breeze company, it is building units for the US Navy and USCG as well as being used by mega yachts and commercial boats world wide.
After doing a lot of reading and studying here, I'll be going with Ocean Breeze when (and if) my 25 yr. old Mermaid ever bites the dust..
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:46 PM   #22
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Great question, I don't know, but the owner is an engineer and they advertise that they do custom work so I bet they would. Give them a call, I would love to hear from you regarding the answer.
I think I will, I need 3 units.

The ac's in my RV have a central display panel that controls the temp of each zone. So its definitely doable.

Although I would rather all metal (including copper) be clad with something. The clad'ed copper pipe the boat uses for steering is like night and day considering corrosion.
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I put 6 units (Marineaire) in my trawler 8-16000btu (16000btu $1550 each). Working fine. Couple of hiccups over the last 3 years. The aftersales service from the company has been incredible. They always follow up to make sure problems are fixed etc. Parts are shipped same day etc. Could not praise there service enough.
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Old 08-08-2016, 02:58 PM   #24
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update

I hired a local marine HVAC guy to look at my 30 year old Lunaire unit. He found 2 problems:
  1. two scary-looking melted wires behind controller panel
  2. compressor was shorting to ground
The guy basically signed the death certificate on the Lunaire. He wants to sell me a new unit by Dometic, which apparently bought out Cruisair. But, I'm impressed by what I read about Ocean Breeze. I see that you can optionally order an Ocean Breeze unit with electric heat, which would be nice here in Norfolk on those winter mornings when we get a skim of ice on the marina water. But, more expensive to use, I assume.
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:04 AM   #25
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I hired a local marine HVAC guy to look at my 30 year old Lunaire unit. He found 2 problems:
  1. two scary-looking melted wires behind controller panel
  2. compressor was shorting to ground
The guy basically signed the death certificate on the Lunaire. He wants to sell me a new unit by Dometic, which apparently bought out Cruisair. But, I'm impressed by what I read about Ocean Breeze. I see that you can optionally order an Ocean Breeze unit with electric heat, which would be nice here in Norfolk on those winter mornings when we get a skim of ice on the marina water. But, more expensive to use, I assume.

Ask your marine AC guy what the computer board cost on the Dometic unit, all the electrical components in the OB units are large relays and are available over the counter at any dirt house AC shop and no microprocessors anywhere to be found.
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:37 AM   #26
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Ask your marine AC guy what the computer board cost on the Dometic unit, all the electrical components in the OB units are large relays and are available over the counter at any dirt house AC shop and no microprocessors anywhere to be found.
I think I will go with the Ocean Breeze. I like what I hear about them on this forum, they were very knowledgeable and helpful when I called them on the phone yesterday, and the price was right. I was initially toying with the idea of a unit with electric heat, but after checking around, I'm thinking that reverse cycle might work out better for me, with maybe the addition of a diesel heater somewhere down the line for the colder months.
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