Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Air Conditioning in a Santorin


James Alton
 

Alexandre,

   I spent years looking at all kinds of boats.. and I consider myself to be pretty particular.  What sold me on the Amel was inspecting the design and construction details in person.  I  have been in the boat repair business all of my life so I have been through a lot boats and these boats really stand out IMO.  Some of the design concepts built into these boats  are simply brilliant.

  Your advice to not change anything for 2 years is great advice that I have given myself and agree with!  One of the reasons that we selected Sueno is because she is almost completely original, very little modification.  The original genoa is unfortunately now unusable and the leech in both the main and mizzen are badly stretched..so a decision about sails needs to be made. 

    I really appreciate all of the fantastic input that I have been getting even when some of it seems contradictory.

   Yes, a friend of mine spent as much as $1,800 in the Bahamas per month and much of that was running the AC.  I am familiar with the Hella fans, they unfortunately can become quite irritating from the noises that they make as the bushings wear and they near death!  You can get 12 (or 24) volt Muffin fans that have true ball bearings that can last tens of thousands of hours.  It is possible to select some that are almost completely silent as well and very low power draw.  I have one that has been running in a dorade bent on a boat now for over 6 years 24/7 (110V) and it is still quiet.  You need to create your own mount unfortunately but I think the effort is worth it.

Best,

James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220
Arbatax,  Italy

On Nov 16, 2016, at 3:18 PM, Alexandre Uster von Baar uster@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Hello Jim, 

First congratulations for having picked an Amel.  

I can not answer your question, but here is suggestion I was given when I purchased my Super Maramu. 
Don’t change anything for at least a year.  

I waited 2 years and all the little things I wanted to add, modify, etc. were not that necessary.  
If I may ask, where will you be sailing? Short term and long term?  

I spent 2 summers in the Bahamas where the electricity was so expensive (ranging from $0.60 to $0.75Kwh) that I rarely switch the air conditioning on…  
instead I added 3 additional Hella fan in the bedroom and 2 more in the salon.  
I also made awning which cover the entire boat.  

This summer (2016), I was in Puerto Rico, with very cheap electricity ($0.16/Kwh) so I could have use the air conditioning all day long, but I got accustomed not using it and I didn’t want to spoil myself as my next destination was the BVI and electricity costs: $0.40 Kwh.  

Just to provide some additional information:
From memory, the Hella have a lifespan of 2000 hours, in my case they last 1 year… (7 hours per night in the cabin or 8 hours a day in the salon). 
They cost with shipping $85 each.  
Since this summer, instead of using the Hella, I use 10” Honeywell 110 Volt fan which costs $18 and use a step down or inverter to power them.  
They consume 0.25 Amp at 120 Volt.  
It is too recent to know the lifespan but I am quite happy with the savings.  

Just sharing.  

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Harbor View Marina, Tortola, BVI

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On Wed, 11/16/16, jandrkennedy@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Air Conditioning in a Santorin
To: amelyachtowners@...
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12:42 PM


 









I am going to purchase a
Santorin April - May next year.  I am writing to ask if
anyone has installed Air Conditioning in a Santorin.  Is
there enough space in the Engine Bay, and can the electrics
handle it.
Any advice would be
appreciated.
Jim









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