Climate systems – OEM quality for retrofitting
Boat owners and boat builders all over the world choose Dometic when it comes to marine climate systems. With three world-leading brands – Condaria, Cruisair, and Marine Air – we provide solutions that range from compact, self-contained units for small pleasure craft to large, multi-stage chilled water systems for luxury yachts. Now, with the Marine Climate Systems line of selfcontained air conditioning systems, Dometic offers the ideal do-it-yourself retrofit solution for smaller yachts and boats.
Specially designed for retrofitting
Dometic Marine Climate Systems (MCS) can easily be retrofitted into your yacht or boat. Dometic offers three self-contained MCS systems that come complete with air ducts, seawater pump and installation fittings. All A/C components are mounted on a single chassis – which saves space and money. Dometic Marine Climate Systems are the ideal retrofit solution for smaller yachts and boats.
Compact, seawater-cooled, and installer-friendly:
Dometic Marine Climate Systems (MCS) are designed for retrofitting. Choose from three MCS models depending on the size of your cabin. You can treat a second cabin with the optional air distribution kit (MCS 10 and MCS 15 only). Efficient heat pump technology provides heating in water temperatures as low as 6°C. Additionally, the air conditioner dehumidifies the air.
Powerful yet quiet, the high-velocity blower can be adjusted horizontally or vertically depending on conditions. The easy-to-use digital display controls all essential air conditioning functions.
- Powerful system, cooling and heating combined
- Small, compact and space-saving
- Complete package solution with all installation fittings and control elements included
- 3 models with a capacity of 5000, 10000, or 15000 BTU/h (1500, 3000, or 4400 watts/h)
- Integrated air filter, easy to remove and clean
- Compact and user-friendly control panel
- Optional add-on kit for directing the air flow into two separate cabins (for MCS 10 and MCS 15)
- High-quality return-air and supply-air grilles
Plan your own system
Selecting the right marine climate system depends on the size and location of the cabin(s) to be treated. A cabin below deck will require less capacity per square metre of room area than an upper-deck cabin with large windows directly exposed to the sun.
|Maximum air-conditioned room size (at ambient temperatures of 20 – 35°C)|
||Below deck (no windows)
||Mid deck (small windows)
||Above deck (large windows)|
|Dometic MCS 5
|Dometic MCS 10
|Dometic MCS 15
The digital control panel
Easy to use: Complete system control at the touch of a button.
Dometic’s digital control panel is a microprocessor-based controller which provides six manual fan speeds and an automatic fan-speed mode. Set-point temperature is available in one-degree increments. Ambient temperature is continuously displayed on the easy-to-read lED, which can be dimmed at night.
- Fan speeds: 6/automatic mode
- Display illumination can be dimmed to keep cabin dark at night
- Factory-preset temperature range – can be adjusted to individual needs
- Dehumidification mode – automatically dehumidifies the room air when the boat is not in use (requires power to unit)
Reduce compressor start-up current
| Dometic SmartStart™
eliminates start-up spikes
The biggest drain on a generator usually occurs when the A/C compressor starts. Avoid brown-outs and reduce the power surge by up to 65% with the Dometic SmartStart™ single-phase soft starter. This unique device smoothes out start-up power demand instead of spiking it.
With the SmartStart™ installed, compressor start-up is absolutely problem-free – even at moorings with low electrical circuit protection. This compact, lightweight solution can be quickly and easily integrated into new or existing systems.
Centrifugal seawater pumps
Dometic’s centrifugal pumps are an excellent choice for providing seawater circulation for marine air conditioning systems.
The proven magnetic drive eliminates the troublesome mechanical shaft seal. There is no seal wear, power-robbing friction, or leakage through the seal. The impeller and drive magnets prevent slippage, ensuring that full motor power is converted into pumping power. Centrifugal pumps require a fl ooded inlet and should be mounted below the waterline.
- Magnetic-drive impeller means no seal to wear, leak, or repair
- Efficient motor with low power consumption
- Includes a marine-grade base
- All components in contact with water are plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel
- 1.9 m power cord
- 230 V
How it works and how it’s installed
Dometic Marine Climate Systems work on the heat pump principle, so they can be used for cooling as well as for heating.
As with all air conditioners, they operate based on the transfer of heat. In cooling mode heat is extracted from the cabin air, transferred to the refrigerant and then released into the seawater. In heating mode, the cycle is simply reversed – heat is extracted from the seawater into the cabin. It even works in water temperatures as low as 6°C.
The diagram on the left shows a typical installation layout for the Dometic MCS 15. This unit allows air conditioningor heating of two cabins by ducting the air flow in two directions with the optional air distribution kit.
- A/C unit MCS 15
- Control panel
- Supply air grille
- Return air grille
- Air duct, insulated
Correct installation of the air distribution system
Once you have selected a good place for the air conditioner (e.g. under a settee, in a piece of furniture or under a V-berth) and mounted it , you connect the insulated air ducting.
The return air grille should be installed close to the A/C unit, in the lower part of the cabin – the supply air grille should be placed as high as possible [ cool air falls ] and as far away from the return air grille as possible to ensure good air circulation.
Seawater connection – important things for you to note
The seawater components must be installed below the water line – with a steady upward incline from the through-hull inlet through the strainer and pump to the A/C unit.
This prevents air becoming trapped in the seawater components. The discharge from the A/C unit to the seawater outlet should be as short and direct as possible to a point just above the water line.
CORRECT: The pump is installed under the water line. A steady upward flow from the through-hull inlet to the A/C unit is provided. The discharge from the A/C unit to the hull outlet shows a slightly downward flow. All hoses are laid correctly (without kinks and loops) and secured with double clamps.
INCORRECT: The hoses have kinks, loops or high/low spots where air can be trapped. The seawater strainer must be installed below the pump. The hose connections are secured with single clamps only.