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Old 08-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by READY2GO View Post
Thanks all, It really has helped. We have only one AC unit. There was no way it could keep up before. Now it does a nice job.
That shade is really a good idea!!

If you haven' already insulated your boat.. The Admiral has insulated our boat with an insulation called "Reflectix" or something like is like thin bubble pack but it has foil on both sides.... She put it everywhere she could on our boat....and it made a huge difference both in summer and winter.

We liveaboard full time...and our power is metered...and I despise high utility bills.... But with the insulation in place, generally our electric is under $100 a month....and we have three AC's on the boat... Boat stays comfortable.

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #42
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If you did do it Darrell, you wouldn't ever regret it. We enjoy sitting out there now, rain, hail or shine.

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Old 08-22-2012, 07:08 AM   #43
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Our canvas top is navy but when it came to window covers, I went with white Phifertex Plus on the windows (for summer i have covers for the front made out of white marine vinyl and Phifertex for Winter). We are live aboard in Florida and it keeps our boat cool we can still see out a little. I made our hatch and aft cabin door cover out of Navy Sunbrella. Now I wish I had gone with white marine vinyl. It does radiate heat but I've insulated it and it helps a little.

On a prior boat I made the mistake of having a black windshield cover . You could feel the heat radiating through the windshield. Got rid of it quick and had a white marine vinyl cover made. It made ALL the difference in the world.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #44
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One of my dock mates has a older Betram and there is no area that is not covered by canvas but the foredeck. He has some sun related illness but refuses to give up his love for boating. A true love for boating !! as i see him and his wife every weekend out on the water and at the dock . " they drive 3 hours to even get to the boat"
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by Moonstruck View Post
OMG! I have been vacuuming in the nude at night.
I hear there are forums for that too!

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