Added a bit of shade to cover the portable AC on Encore

Posted By on July 13, 2011

One of the problems with being dockside during a hot and humid Florida day is that the cabin temperature can climb to a pretty uncomfortable levels. Since we are tethered to the dock, we have the advantage of having enough electricity to run appliances such as air conditioning – something not all that easy when on the hook.  Some boats are centrally cooled with a built in forced air marine air conditioning and heating system. With this complexity come more maintain not to mention initial cost.

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For Encore, we use the same 7,000 BTU unit to cool the main cabin as we did for one of our previous boats — Tulla (discontinued but almost identical to the Carry-on West Marine unit). One of the inefficiencies of the air-cooled unit that sits over a hatch is that the sun beats down on it and reduces its cooling. Today I rigged up a little awning to keep the sun off of it and to keep the rain from dripping in the hatch. Above is a photo I took today of Encore sporting her new baby awning forward – it still needs some tweaking. (By the way, I’ve removed the Bimini in order to patch and repair and although I like the shade of the boom tent ShadeTree awning that I have, the fiberglass stiffeners and bungee cords can’t handle the wind without breaking, besides it is difficult to both put up and walk along the decks)

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