Let’s talk about chilled water systems – what a unique way to cool a boat! Chilled water systems work by circulating chilled water throughout the boat via air handlers. Chilled water systems are best for boats and yachts over 50 feet long that can adequately handle the systems and have an engine room that can house the chiller units. Air handlers will need to be placed in spaces around the boat to adequately cool the entire boat.
It is important to consider the positives and the challenges. Chilled water systems will have chilled water running throughout the length of your boat which means you must have some pretty high-quality insulated piping. Then you need an air handler that is pumping the cooled air throughout multiple cabin rooms all over the length of the boat. Of course, you’ll want each room to get adequate and uniform cooling. A stateroom should get as much chance to get cooled as a salon. While different areas can adjust their own controls in some applications, the ability to receive equal amounts of cool air is just good energy efficiency. Part of this is controlled by adequate air handler size, part by efficient ducts. Just like any other air conditioning system, cool air can be leaked through unsealed ducts. Since many of the pumps, ducts, piping are in sealed areas, it really is best to get everything done right the first time.
Overall, the chilled water system really has some important advantages over other marine AC systems:
- Flexibility on amount of air handlers
- Air handlers placed throughout the vessels, even far from the unit
- Controllable load management
- Energy-efficient & environmentally friendly
- High-performing systems
- Quiet and efficient
- Reduction on peak electrical load
Maintenance and Service of Chilled Water Systems
What if you have a problem with your chilled water system? Some marine air conditioners can be fixed by reading the unit’s manual. But that generally applies to smaller units. When you’re talking about chilled water systems, it’s time to call the pros at Beard Marine and then head inland for some cold drinks and pool time.
If you happen to be in South Florida, you’re in luck. Boats and yachts located between West Palm Beach and Miami, including Aventura, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood FL, can depend on Beard Marine for prompt dockside service of chilled water systems. We even have multiple warehouse locations for parts and equipment. Since we have such a large service area locally (we’re the largest in the Southeast US), and are available globally, we can service your chilled water system with parts we have on hand. If not, we’ll get them quickly. As the largest marine AC, refrigeration and water maker sales in the hot, hot Southeast, we know about keeping cool!