With thanks to John Weston, (Catalina 387 #46), here are photos of how a Panda generator was installed in the rear lazarette:
Photos from S/V Another Road:
Angel’s Wings #140:
I have been very happy with my 16000 btu unit by Ocean Breeze in Stuart, FL. It has a radiant heat side that doesn’t need to be winterized, so we can visit the boat in the winter. AC unit runs with a Honda 2000.
While Warren went for a cost effective approach, we live in Florida. After our 16k unit dies, we replaced it with a Marine Air 18k unit in the storage locker in front of the galley. With a main duct in the saloon, we have duct work running to both the forward and aft cabins. We have a separate thru hull for the water input and use a condensator for the output which keeps the bilge dry.
By adding a smart start, which eliminate the large start up spike, we can also run our unit
We have 2 Marine Air units 16000 btu and 7500 btu. The larger one is installed under the forward port settee in the salon the smaller is installed in the port closet in the aft cabin. They have work well over the past 10 years. One feature is the humidity mode that we use when we left the boat in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala 6 months each year for 5 years. The boat would be just as we left it in June when we returned in January.
With regard to a generator we used a Honda 2000 for the years we had Up Jinks in Central America. It is quiet and efficient. The only down side is it uses gasoline which we kept in a 5 gallon can secured on the deck. While cruising we would keep the generator in the space between the laserettes just in front of the
I have a 12000btu mermaid model on my 380. It heats as well as cools. There is a spare slot on the A/C power panel for the wiring.
I installed the unit as you suggest under the aft part of the port setee. The control box is in that area, as well. I draw the intake air from the forward section of the settee and discharge the cool air directly out the side of the settee – towards the nav station. The grill has deflectors so I can move the cold air upwards and to both sides.
I have a number of Hella fans that I use to move the cool air around the boat. I put the intake thru hull in the same compartment as the shower pump and the strainer and water pump in the bilge area adjacent to the thru hull. The outlet is on the port
My unit is installed under the settee storage area in front of the gally sink with the return cut out in the same area facing the table. I was able to get ducts to all three cabins of the boat but this was a little tricky.
My unit is a 16000 btu unit and came with a 6″x6″x4″ fitting which i mounted right off the unit. So for the main cabin i ran 6″ flex duct through the port side settee it tucked in neatly along side the water tank into the vanity in the vee berth then up to the med cabinet. There is a hollow between the sink cab and the med cab. (look and measure before you drill or cut the holes) mount your adapted for your main cabin inside the med cab, off of that fitting i cut in a 4″ round fitting and ran across
Easy Air Conditioning
May, 2008 Hull #: C380 #44
A fair number of our C380/387/390 boats have air conditioning which was installed either as an option by Catalina, or by the Catalina dealer who was the commissioning agent. And, per our lively Sailnet email chat group , some Captains have put in A/C themselves. Of course, most of these boats are located in the south and southwest, where summer heat can be oppressive, requiring some form of relief.
On the other hand, those of us in northern climes have more of a choi ce: we could do nothing, possibly suffering a bit for those few really hot days, or we might go “full up” with an A/C system [usually two unit totaling over 20,000 BTU], perhaps suffering only pocketbook distress. Besides requiring at least a few “big bo at-bucks”, these units take considerable space which might otherwise be