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Old 02-22-2006, 08:27 AM
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I am trying to have a/c installed on my 2001 353 this week and have a few questions regarding location. The shop doing the install is reluctant to cut holes to run the duct work and I am running out of options. I looked through the 353 at the Miami in-water show and see that they used a Marine Air 5k Vector Compact mounted under the U-shape couch cushion. Formula put 2 tiny ducts in the Vberth and 2, 3 inch ducts where the cup holders are towards the cabinet on the port side and near the head on the starboard side. This guy is telling me that he cannot get there w/o cutting and he is afraid. Any suggestions? Is the boat built around the factory a/c?

Also, does 3,700.00 sound about right? 1,700.00 for the unit, the rest for labor and misc parts.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-22-2006, 02:24 PM
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A/C in a 353 must be a new option. In the past, it has never been availble.
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:42 PM
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Cutting holes for the duct work should not be a problem. If you move this over to the Formula Owners forum you may get more responses. Some of the guys over there have done this,and yes a new option starting with the 05 model year.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:07 PM
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I believe 05 is the 1st year A/C was offered on the 353. Any suggestions for duct work would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks Troutly. I spoke with Daryl Johnson at the factory today who has always been very helpful. He did say that in 2001 A/C wasn't even a thought which makes me wonder if they created voids in the newer models to run the duct work. Under the seat is pretty tight to run a 3" duct.

My a/c guy thought about running clear flex hose and smaller vents but i'm concerned about condensation and mold from moisture leaks. Any thoughts?
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