Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Air Condittioning For A W32"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Air Condittioning For A W32
Sea Gypsy (Hull #743) is berthed in Northwest Florida. After suffering through one very hot summer with no air, the wife & I decided we must find a way to cool the cabin. We looked into permanent, water cooled systems and were appalled at the cost and the fact that we would need to have the boat hauled to drill yet two more holes in her bottom. We were in Lowe's one afternoon and found ourselves looking at window unit air conditioners. I've seen these used on sailboats with varying degrees of success and some really horrible installations. The price, under $100 for a 5000 BTU unit was far more attractive than the permanent version. So maybe there was a way to do it without trashing the boat. We decided against using the forward hatch because of the difficulty in directing both the supply air and return air correctly into the cabin. Also installation over the forward hatch would make accessing the controls difficult. We finally decided the companionway was the right location. After a little engineering and some time in AutoCAD, here's what we constructed;
After constructing with some spare mahogany plywood & trim and several coats of varnish, here's what the final product looked like installed;
The chock on the top is a carrying handle. When we are ready to go sailing, I just unplug, lift it out the companionway. and off we go! The 5000 BTU is sufficient for keeping the main cabin nice & cool, but at night with two adults in the V-berth we have to use a small fan to help circulate the cool air forward. A larger A/C unit might cool better, but it also presents difficulty in fitting into the companionway. Not shown in this picture is the condensate drain hose I attached to the bottom of the unit and drain into one of the cockpit scuppers.
Last modified: 20 Jul 2011 9:08 PM | Jay Bietz (Administrator)
Sorry, the pictures did not transmit with the message. I'm new to the forum & obviously haven't figured it out yet. If you would like to see the pictures and the plan we used to construct, email me directly & I would be happy to share! email@example.com
With the heat wave headed our way (we're in New York) I sure wish I could do the same with an AC. Won't work though for those of us who don't have shore power and who don't have a place to leave stuff on shore.
As an alternative, we're heading full speed for Lake Champlain where we can go jump in the lake every time we feel too warm. Water temperature there is 70F. That helps to moderate the heat inside the boat.
Dick Mills wrote:With the heat wave headed our way (we're in New York) I sure wish I could do the same with an AC. Won't work though for those of us who don't have shore power and who don't have a place to leave stuff on shore.
Nice! The water temp @ northwest Florida is currently 87 degrees. Heat index tomorrow at 110 degrees. Punishing to say the least. There are times when I wish I could live aboard. Tomorrow is not one of them. :-)