Are portable air conditioners suitable for boats with no cabins?

Living in a place like Cocoa Florida comes with so many perks. After all, it’s a beach town, which means 24 hour access to the coastline. So, there are always fun activities to do on the water. My boyfriend Pete loves to go fishing and surfing, while I prefer to lay out on the sand and have a relaxing day. Occasionally, I will go fishing with my boyfriend, but I hardly ever fish. Typically, I go along for the ride and at times to swim out in the wide open seas. His friend John owns a 24 Resorter boat that can easily fit 8 people. I enjoy cruising the seas on the boat, and I love that on hot days, it has a hard top where I can sit and cool off from the sun. Additionally, it comes with a freshwater misting system that is installed into the hard top. But best of all, his friend also has a portable air conditioner retrofitted into the boat. Typically, boats like these don’t have air conditioners because they are fishing and water sport boats with no cabins to keep the air from escaping. Although the weather was nice in Cocoa that day, I wanted to test the air conditioner to see how well it worked outdoors. It worked as well as I thought it would. You need to be standing in the vicinity of the air conditioner in order to feel the cool air and if the boat is moving, it actually serves no purpose. John mentioned that he installed it for his wife when she was still pregnant with their child. When they would go boating on a lake, he said that the misting system wasn’t enough to keep her cool.


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