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Old 03-19-2018, 06:58 AM   #1
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Marine AC install hep

Last summer I bought a new AC unit before my Bahamas trip for the pilothouse but because of time constraints I didnít get it installed before I left. Well, I STILL havenít installed the stupid thing.

I made my life harder by not buying the identical unit that is currently in the boat. I purchased a unit locally (back when I had the boat in Stuart) from Ocean Breeze in Stuart Fl and I currently have a Marine Air Systems unit in there now. I thought I would be able to do the install myself, but when I looked at the electrical box itís definitely not a ďplug and playĒ type scenario, and with my bad electrical skills Iím afraid to tackle the job.

Can anyone recommend a contractor in the Sarasota/Bradenton area who could do this job correctly and at a reasonable price hopefully? Or, should I read up and just try it myself?

The units have the same basic footprint and vent location, but the connections in the electrical box are different. Iíll admit I just glanced at the schematics briefly and decided I didnít want to mess with it, so it might not be all that complicated.

This is the unit I bought:

16,000 BTU Self-contained Marine Air Conditioning Unit
OB16CH16,700 BTU
(4.89 kWh)
(4,211.1 kcal)
13.26 amps at 120V
562 cfm
71 lbs.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:02 PM   #2
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Being a small company OB has very good technical support with a real person. Give them a call and might be able to talk you through your issues.
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If you call them and get some help and you have some basic DIY skills you should be able to do the install. I have done A/C installs on 4 different boats. The electrical is pretty easy. The duct work is usually the most difficult. Do you have a place to get the water for the cooling water pump to get water? If not you will have to install a seacock. Still it is about a 4 or 5 on the DIY scale.
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There is an existing unit there Iím just replacing, so all cooling water lines are in place and ductwork is run.

The electrical part is what concerns me.
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That should not be too difficult. You bought an Ocean Breeze unit, right? I had one years ago and their phone support was good. Try giving them a call.
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Last summer I bought a new AC unit before my Bahamas trip for the pilothouse but because of time constraints I didnít get it installed before I left. Well, I STILL havenít installed the stupid thing.

I made my life harder by not buying the identical unit that is currently in the boat. I purchased a unit locally (back when I had the boat in Stuart) from Ocean Breeze in Stuart Fl and I currently have a Marine Air Systems unit in there now. I thought I would be able to do the install myself, but when I looked at the electrical box itís definitely not a ďplug and playĒ type scenario, and with my bad electrical skills Iím afraid to tackle the job.

Can anyone recommend a contractor in the Sarasota/Bradenton area who could do this job correctly and at a reasonable price hopefully? Or, should I read up and just try it myself?

The units have the same basic footprint and vent location, but the connections in the electrical box are different. Iíll admit I just glanced at the schematics briefly and decided I didnít want to mess with it, so it might not be all that complicated.

This is the unit I bought:

16,000 BTU Self-contained Marine Air Conditioning Unit
OB16CH16,700 BTU
(4.89 kWh)
(4,211.1 kcal)
13.26 amps at 120V
562 cfm
71 lbs.
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:35 AM   #9
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That should not be too difficult. You bought an Ocean Breeze unit, right? I had one years ago and their phone support was good. Try giving them a call.


Will do. Thanks.
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You might do all the physical R&R that takes lots of time and just have the tech hook up the last few wires.
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You might do all the physical R&R that takes lots of time and just have the tech hook up the last few wires.

Thatís a really good idea. I can handle the R&R, hooking up hoses, etc. I just have a phobia when it comes to high voltage wiring on a boat.
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