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Marine HVAC For Smaller Boats Up to 12 Meters (40 Feet)

Self-contained marine HVAC units are typically the best choice for smaller boats up to about 12 meters (40 feet) due to the lower cost of the units and installation.

A self-contained air conditioner has all of the major components mounted on a single chassis, which is installed in the living area; usually under a bunk or settee, or in a locker. Cooling-only models are available, as well as reverse-cycle, which can cool or heat. Also available are air conditioning kits, which include the self-contained unit, water pump, ducting, and grilles -- all the components needed for a complete system.

Contact our Parts Department for all your marine air conditioning parts and equipment needs. We are here to answer your questions and deliver your parts and equipment quickly and efficiently.

Cuddy dc Kit

Cuddy dc Kit

Easy & Affordable Cold Air for Smaller Cabins

Dometic's Cuddy dc is a compact 3,500 BTU/hr cool-only air conditioner designed to work with 12-volt power systems. Energized by a dedicated bank of batteries and a dedicated power module, the Cuddy dc makes your small cabin a refuge from the heat and sun.

Compact - about the size of a typical battery box - this low-profile unit easily fits beneath a V-berth or below-deck storage. as.

  • Designed for small cabins.
  • Operates via simple 12V DC connections.
  • Compact - about the size of a battery box.
  • High-velocity blower with split capacitor for greater airflow.
  • Stainless-steel chassis.
  • Simple two-knob mechanical control maximizes efficiency and runtime.
  • Minimal DC draw (about 29 DC amps total).
  • No genset needed.
  • Air distribution kits available.

Dash Air Low-Profile Series

Dash Air Low-Profile Series

For Flybridge, Cockpit & On-Deck Installations

Dash Air delivers high-velocity cold air (or hot) onto the bridge, cockpit, or deck using an innovative horizontal compressor.

The 16,000 BTU/hr. self-contained units stand just 8 inches (203 mm) high and is easily ducted to confined spaces like flybridge dashboards and consoles.

Dash Air units use R-410A, an environmentally safe refrigerant with exceptional thermodynamic properties that maximize system efficiency.

Dash Air remote systems are also available, which consist of low-profile, 16,000 BTU/hr. direct expansion evaporators or chilled water air handlers.

  • Innovative horizontal compressor requires only 8 in. (203 mm) of height for installation.
  • Flybridge, cockpit and on-deck installations.
  • 16,000 BTU/hr. in a high-velocity unit.
  • Environmentally safe R-410A refrigerant.
  • 304-grade stainless-steel drain pan for long service life.
  • Welded 5/8 in. (16 mm) diameter stainless-steel condensate drains for excellent water removal.
  • Condensate contained under evaporator to minimize sloshing and remove water rapidly.
  • Highly efficient dual blowers.
  • Oversized four-row evaporator coil for excellent heat removal under low fan-speed conditions.
  • Remote electrical box with 5 ft. (1.52 m) harness.
  • Special coating on blower and housing resists corrosion and deterioration from salt air.

Vector Turbo Series Air Conditioners

Vector Turbo Series Air Conditioners

Powerful, Compact, and Quiet Cold Air

The Turbo series of marine HVAC completely revolutionized self-contained cooling and heating with patented innovations in air conditioning system design.

The rust-free molded composite drain pan has three drains for the rapid removal of condensate water.

An advanced cushioning system results in quieter, virtually vibration-free operation. The enclosed blower motor eliminates overhang to provide easier installation.

The Turbo series was recently re-engineered to harness and maximize the impressive performance of R-410A refrigerant. R-410A is proven, reliable, and complies with all EPA standards and is accepted world wide.

Further reduce noise by up to 50% with the optional sound shield.
  • Up to 27% more energy efficient.
  • Up to 21% increased capacity.
  • Compact design uses less space.
  • Rust-free drain pan.
  • Up to 85% less standing water in the drain pan.
  • Vibration-isolation mounts reduce noise and vibration.
  • Engineered to maximize the performance of R-410A, an environmentally safe refrigerant.
  • Designed from the inside out with multiple patented innovations.
  • Optional sound cover further reduces compressor noise by up to 50%.

VCD30 Self-Contained A/C Unit

VCD30 Self-Contained A/C Unit

With Dual 16K BTU/hr Blowers

The VCD30 is a seawater-cooled package unit with a single 30,000 BTU/hr compressor/condenser and dual 16,000 BTU/hr evaporator/HV blowers mounted back to back on a single platform.

It is designed to provide maximum air conditioning capacity with a smaller footprint than two separate self-contained units.

Return air is drawn from one or two compartments across both evaporator coils. Discharge air can be ducted to two or more different spaces.
  • Less expensive and takes less space than two separate units.
  • Easier seawater hookup with no manifold required.
  • HV blower.
  • Stainless-steel chassis available (SVCD30).
  • Exposed components are coated with heresite for corrosion protection.
Technical Data
Capacity (BTU/h)- 30,000
Configuration- Stand-alone unit
Climate Function- Cools & Heats

Vector R-410A Self-Contained Units

Vector R-410A Self-Contained Units

18K & 27K BTU/hr Capacities

The Vector Compact series of self-contained marine air conditioners offers 18K and 27K BUT/hr. of cooling and heating.

These high-capacity marine HVAC units were engineered to harness and maximize the impressive performance of R-410A, a proven and reliable environmentally safe refrigerant

All models offer direct expansion operation in a compact, low-profile package with a seawater-cooled condenser and choice of controls. Featuring high-velocity, fully-rotatable blowers, Vector Compact units are designed for installation under a settee or berth, in a locker or cabinet, or other convenient location.
  • Compact design reduces unit size by up to 25% of the original Vector Rotary's size.
  • High-velocity blowers.
  • Patented design increases cooling capacity and dehumidification.
  • Unique compressor and reversing valve mounting reduces vibration.
  • Blowers are fully insulated and rotatable.
  • Electrical box installed on unit within footprint dimensions eliminates additional installation labor and space requirements.
  • High-efficiency rotary (18K) and scroll (27K) compressors provide reduced amperage, quieter operation, less weight, and improved reliability.
  • Condenser coil's cupronickel-encased copper shell construction provides maximum heat transfer and high corrosion resistance.
  • Evaporator coil employs an enhanced fin design and rifled copper tubing to provide maximum capacity.
Technical Data
Capacity (BTU/h)- 18,000 " 27,000
Configuration- Stand-alone unit
Climate Function- Cools & Heats


Marine Air Cuddy dc Kits
This new low-profile 3500 BTU self-contained unit is made for boats too small for an onboard genset. It is powered by a user-provided dedicated power module. Click here to see color flyer.

Dash Air
This new unit is a breakthrough in self-contained air conditioning systems. The horizontal compressor requires only 8" height for installation for location on the flybridge, cockpit, or any height critcal areas. Dash Air systems are reverse cycle and are available in these capacities: 16,000 BTU (115V/60Hz) or 13,000 (230V/50Hz). Click here to see color flyer.

Our self-contained systems for 20 to 50 foot boats feature the high efficiency Tecumseh rotary compressor for lower power consumption, quieter operation, lighter weight and increased reliability (the 24k unit uses a Scroll compressor). Our self-contained model -- the Vector Compact -- is 25% smaller than any comparable system, thanks to a patented design breakthrough that places the condenser coil inside the evaporator shroud. Our wide range of capacities and configurations allows designers, builders and owners to find the successful solution they need, while staying within budget.

The Vector Compact was introduced in 1998 and was awarded a US patent for its unique design. It was designed and developed to be the smallest water-cooled, self-contained unit on the market. This space saving unit is 25% smaller than its competitors and its simple, clean design will allow easier installation and service. Vector Compact models are available in 5k, 7k, 10k, 12k, 16k, and 24k capacities.

Redesigned in 2003, the new Vector Compact is even smaller than before! The 10K-16K units are up to one inch smaller in both width and depth than the original models. New compressors, condensers and evaporators increase efficiency and enhance unit performance. Along with the physical redesign, the Vector Compact also has a choice of new controls. The new Elite and Passport I/O displays both operate on the new Passport I/O control circuit board. See the controls section of this website for more information on these exciting new controls (updated information available soon).

Was manufactured from 1989-1998, the Vector Rotary was modified in 1998 to become Vector Compact, now even smaller and more efficient. It is listed here for those who own it.

Similar to the Vector Series, Cabin Mate has a unique footprint, featuring a "V" shape base pan, fixed blower and electrical box providing an alternate installation layout. Recommended for boats in the 25-40' range. Now available in stainless steel models. COOL MATE
The Cool Mate 5,000 is the smallest unit available in the market. This self contained cool only system is designed for boats in the 25 foot range. Drawing a nominal 4.3 amps at 115 volts, the Cool Mate allows for extended run time on inverter applications. The Cool Mate also comes in 10,000 BTU's, 12,000 BTU's and 16,000 BTU's for boats in the 30 foot market. The Cool Mate series is sold separately or with a complete installation kit and is offered with a two knob mechanical control only. The 1987 Montreal Protocol calls for the gradual phase-out of ozone-depleting substances by 2010, including the R-22 gas traditionally used in marine air conditioning systems. Our engineers have been testing alternative "green gas" products for more than three years and we have products available.

For "green gas" and all other product availability, CONTACT US for the best specifications for your particular vessel. Click here for guidelines on Charging Systems with Alternative Refrigerants.


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