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16,500 BTU Unit

 Commercial/Military Quality

Water cooled self contained units
from 6,500 - 180,000 BTU's

16,500 BTU Unit



This 18,500 BTU unit is a real powerhouse with a very robust but well balanced and quiet 805 CFM blower, and the largest 120 volt compressor Emerson manufactures.

The standard installation kit would include five four inch discharge grills and 50' of duct.  Note how easily accessible the expansion valve and all other components are!



96,000 BTU SELF-CONTAINED

This 8 ton (96,000 BTU) unit pumps out more than 5,000 CFM of air conditioned air with two blowers, four evaporators and a nine ton condenser assembly, which results in a low compressor head pressure and amp draw. Each blower is fitted with 3-6" collars (many configurations available) for ease of ducting. The single Copeland scroll compressor is staged to start a few seconds after the blowers to minimize the start up surge, even though with a scroll compressor the start up surge is very minimal.


Optional condenser manifolds result in a single sea water in and out connection, and the optional refrigerant gauge package lets you monitor the operating conditions of the unit immediately.



This 24,000 BTU unit is on an extremely small footprint (25 by 17 by 17 in.) and is available in top or side discharge, 240 volts, 50 or 60 hertz.





This 15 ton (180,000 BTU) unit pumps out more than 7,500 CFM of air conditioned air with three blowers, six evaporators and a huge condenser assembly, which results in a low compressor head pressure and amp draw. Each blower is fitted with a 12" collar for ease of ducting. The single Copeland scroll compressor is staged to start a few seconds after the blowers to minimize the start up surge, even though with a scroll compressor the start up surge is very minimal.


Optional condenser manifolds result in a single sea water in and out connection, and the optional refrigerant gauge package lets you monitor the operating conditions of the unit immediately.




18,000 BTUs of cooling and ONLY 10.5" high with a rotary compressor!
The newest addition to our lineup of fine equipment has been specifically designed for Catamarans and other applications that require low vertical dimensions.

The Tecumseh horizontal compressor made this all possible. 
Measures only 26.5" long x 14.50" wide x 10.5" high!



For larger applications ON A TINY FOOTPRINT:



These incredibly compact 60,000 BTU units have a tiny 24" x 27" footprint and are only 43" high. They really pack a punch - enough horsepower for 660 square ft. each!


Completely self-contained, these quiet and powerful units need only a power supply line, 15 GPM of seawater (or freshwater with a keel cooler or heat exchanger) and a condensate drain.



On a ship, four of these units will cool and heat an incredible 30' x 90' area! 
Huge savings can be reaped in initial equipment expense, installation and maintenance expense - all while benefiting from redundancy.



Two seamen can swap out a unit in minutes in the highly unlikely event of a failure.






MIGHTY MITE!

For a lot of horsepower with a tiny footprint, this vertical configuration 36,000 BTU unit is only 16" x 21" and is still only 29" high!

Note how accessible all of the components are - such as the expansion valve blower, compressor and electric box!





HIGHEST QUALITY PLUS SIMPLICITY OF DESIGN

What sets Flagship Marine apart from our competition is our belief in the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid). This has guided our component selection and design emphasis for many years. We brag that even a child can follow our schematics!

As you can see below, the Flagship Marine electric control box has the highest quality over-the-counter components, and it is extremely easy to diagnose and repair a problem.

The most expensive component in this box is less than $28.00!  No extremely expensive, proprietary printed circuit boards, and no need for a specifically trained technician! Most problems can be diagnosed and repaired with a voltmeter and a screwdriver!



Flagship Marine incorporates only the highest quality components that are primarily manufactured in the States, and all the production takes place at our factory locations in Stuart, FL.

Chiller evaporators - York, PA
Self contained evaporators - Longview, TX
Refrigerant components - Allenwood, NJ
Expansion valves - Washington , MO
Electric modules - Syracuse, NY
Blower motors - Dayton, OH


Clearly labeled terminal strip connections for the power supply, pump and digital control make wiring the system a cinch!

It's a simple matter to bypass the power supply terminal block and hard wire if you wish to. 
This is a convenience item that you may or may not want to use.



Note on the top of the box the internal circuit breaker and red LED that will light when the unit trips on high pressure should you have a sea water blockage or bad pump. 
There are several layers of
protection built into the unit, ensuring many years of service.




EXPANSION VALVES VS. CAPILLARY TUBES

All Flagship Marine equipment incorporates expansion valves which adjust the modulation of the refrigerant to match the conditions of sea water, humidity and ambient temperature. This maximizes performance by preventing excessive or inadequate refrigerant head pressures, resulting in more cooling and extended component life!

This is why all new HVAC equipment must now use expansion valves instead of the capillary tubes you may still have in your home air conditioner.

We don't "cut corners" - these cost us about $70.00 vs a $3.00 cap tube!
Capillary tubes cannot adjust the refrigerant
modulation which is fixed by the physical length of the tube. Like a broken clock that is right only twice a day, capillary tubes either over-modulate or under-modulate the refrigerant as the sea water temperatures vary. As an extreme example, if you are in upper Mississippi when the water is 40° and the air is 95° the modulation will be excessive and the head pressure much too low. Expansion valves adjust the modulation according to the conditions.



In compliance with the ABYC standards, we only supply
flanged ball valves for all below-the-waterline applications.




WHY FLAGSHIP MARINE UNITS
NEVER
HAVE CONDENSER FAILURES!



The heart of every marine air conditioner is the condenser—the heat sink to the ocean and the only component the corrosive sea water touches is the inside of the inside tube.  Failure of this tube is catastrophic for the entire system.
Even extremely corrosive places like the very high salinity of the Red Sea are no problem for Flagship Marine condensers because we use an unusually thick walled 90/10 CuNi (copper nickel) tube with particular annealment, hardness and other characteristics.

We don’t dramatically shorten our condensers to save money by enhancing this tub: knurling or rifling for example. Our tube is “slick walled” with no thin spots that fester these failures.  


Paper thin condenser tubes dissipate heat very quickly so the condenser tube can be short and inexpensive.  We don't cut corners by doing so.  We have full length condensers!  The shorter the condenser, the cheaper it is and the shorter it will last!


Flagship Marine has always prioritized durability and quality over cost savings and we NEVER cut corners. We also don’t skimp on our brazing material—ALL refrigerant lines are brazed with a 15% silver alloy, not the 5% typical of other manufacturers. As a result, Flagship Marine is very proud to have had almost ZERO condenser failures in the last two decades!

CHOOSE FLAGSHIP MARINE FOR CONSISTENT QUALITY AND DURABILITY!




CONDENSER SERVICE TIPS

Every 5-7 years or so, it's good form to chemically clean the inside of the condenser tube with a phosphoric acid solution (such as "Barnacle Buster"), and if in fresh water every couple years with a bleach solution.  In locations with muscle crab infestations more frequent treatments may be necessary.  This will bring the condenser back to a like-new condition.

Over the years the heat transfer will be diminished by a marine growth which will gradually increase the refrigerant pressure and reduce efficiency. Simply circulate the solution through the condenser for a couple hours or so (depending on the dilution), and when you're done a high pressure garden hose will help blast away any stubborn deposits. Muriatic acid will also work but it unnecessarily removes the protective patina and is VERY hard on your lungs and the environment!


All Flagship Marine condensers are hand-crafted from start
to finish at our Stuart factory location to our exacting specifications.









OPTIONAL SEA WATER MANIFOLDS




Also available, for a fraction of the cost, are these Hi-Max PVC manifolds that come with the hose and double stainless steel clamp connections - properly sized for your particular chiller.

Flagship Marine's sea water manifolds are 90/10 CuNi schedule 80 pipe, which is MUCH more durable (about 10x thicker!) than our competitors' tubing. These, in combination with the socolets, meet mil spec requirements and will FAR outlast all others. No sinking or water damage hazard from ruptured hoses or paper thin manifolds at 3AM!



All condenser-tube-to-manifold connections are made with precision machined 90/10 CuNi (Copper Nickel) socolets that are TIG welded to the schedule 80 90/10 CuNi nipple with a monel alloy and brazed with a 15% silver alloy brazing rods to the condenser tubes to ensure many years of trouble free service.

This configuration meets all MilSpec and ABYC requirements. Naked connections aren't nearly as durable and fail to meet those standards.

For your convenience all manifolds are fitted with reducing couplers and a 3/4" drain plugs for winterizing.

Flagship Marine takes no shortcuts with quality and design!

FREQUENCY DRIVES AND DIGITAL SCROLL COMPRESSORS?
      The new frequency drive and digital scroll compressor technology is certainly interesting, and it's very entertaining to watch a scroll compressor spool up and down, but in the marine industry we see no appreciable benefit to warrant the significant complexity and expense to justify incorporating this technology in our equipment.
      Scroll compressors, by their design, ALWAYS start "unloaded", regardless of residual head pressure.  They can restart one second after shutting down effortlessly, unlike a piston or rotary compressor.  The only concern is having enough run time to insure the refrigerant oil returns to the compressor, so it's good form to have a significant temperature differential.
      Flagship Marine strives to provide the most simple, trouble free and durable equipment available, and frequency drives and digital controllers are certainly not in keeping with the KISS principal that guides our component selection and design.  Of course if you do want these compressors we will oblige!
      If saving 3% in electricity over the life of the compressor is important to you, then these new technologies might justify the initial added component expense, and the complexity and ongoing maintenance expenses you will incur over the years.  We will be happy to oblige.





Flagship Marine stocks the legendary March Manufacturing and Cal Marine
pumps in all voltages and sizes, so we have the right pump for you!



 
Our anodized aluminum, precision engineered plenum kits allow you to customize a perfect fit for your particular application. Shown is a typical 16,500BTU plenum with three 4" collars and one 2" collar for the head duct."

 


Optional teak grills in various sizes are typically in stock.

 



Flagship Marine now offers the full line of attractive white plastic supply and return grills!




 Totally pre-wired -All of our units are totally pre-wired onto two clearly marked terminal blocks - any standard thermostat will operate all of our units.

Our emphasis is on simplicity of design while incorporating the highest quality components with multiple safety controls.

Exceptional Safety - Built in circuit breaker, triple heating element safety controls as well as dual high pressure safety shutoff controls make our units the safest available!

 

 

 Attractive, flush mounted digital control - you can use a simple manual override or take advantage of the eight programs available.

Automatically dehumidify your boat while away by programming a predetermined temperature for an hour/day.

The thermistor accurately measures the temperature of the aluminum faceplate for excellent temperature control. 

 

 

Matsushita has been an industry leader for many years and is renowned for manufacturing high quality, low start up surge, quiet, durable and efficient compressors.

Unbelievably quiet due to our unique mounting isolator bushings, insulated blower chamber and rotary or scroll compressors - many of our customers have actually mounted our units under their bunk!

The Matsushita Rotary Compressors have been an industry leader for many years, and are renowned for being incredibly quiet. It's difficult to hear these compressors start, run or stop, even if you are standing right next to it!

Very easy to start - Soft start capacitors, stratified start up sequence and time delay compressor circuits in combination with our rotary or scroll compressors make our A/C units start effortlessly - our 16,500BTU unit should be on a 25 amp breaker!

Very low start up surge - The start up surge of these compressors is a fraction of the dinosaur like piston compressors! Millions of these compressors have been used for many years in window units - the piston compressors simply cannot meet the minimum energy efficiency standards.

Dry drain pans - The rotary and scroll compressors do not sweat and therefore do not sit in their own condensate and rust! All of our single evaporator models (less than 48,000BTUs and the low profile FMAC16PLP) have dry drain pans - there is a small drain pan only under the evaporator!

 

Our exclusive 840 Incoloy clad tubular heating elements are almost identical to the heating element in your home electric oven, however we have coiled it into a tight coil and placed it in the discharge throat of the blower motor- it never gets red hot and therefore never "burns"the air.

Three temperature safety switches monitor this element. Dual controlling sensors as well as a blower post purge sensor which dissipates the remaining heat once the thermostat is satisfied makes this the safest and most reliable means of heating your boat.

Trouble free, safe and reliable electric heat works anywhere - in or out of the water - only one moving part!


We have thousands of these elements in service for many years
- they have been standard equipment for the US and Canadian Coast Guard's 47' MLBs since 1996. Read about the numerous benefits of electric vs reverse cycle heat at our "Electric Heat" page.


Flagship Marine components fit together with aircraft quality precision.

All sheet metal components are laser cut with aircraft/military quality tolerances in the ten-thousandths of an inch range as depicted here with the skeleton of an air-cooled chiller. Note the PEM nut inserts and numerous stainless steel rivets that result in a very rigid, strong and exacting structure.


 

Consumer Alert!

The following kit prices include EVERYTHING you will need for installation except the power supply wire and breaker - there are no last minute additional charges for cables, multiple duct kits, sea water kits, handling, crating, boxing etc. The ONLY additional expense is the shipping (and sales tax for products shipped to a Florida address only).

We pride ourselves on having the most simple and trouble free product available - a child can follow our schematics and we truly believe in the KISS principle (keep it simple stupid), and "If I can't fix it it doesn't belong on my boat"!

Because we simply have almost zero returns, we have no inventory of factory reconditioned units and have no scratch and dent specials - we must be doing something right!


Want to examine a rotating assembly drawing of the self-contained air

conditioner you are interested in from every side and angle?


(1.) download the cad file for that product below by right-clicking on its respective photo, and selecting "Save Link As..."
(2.) manipulate it with a free Solidworks reader downloadable by pointing your browser to
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/downloads.htm and clicking on "free cad tools"
(Note: our cad files are approximately 2.5 meg in size).

 

16,500 BTU


18,500 BTU



18,000 BTU (LP)


24,000 BTU

36,000 BTU

60,000 BTU


180,000 BTU

Some advice and common sense about warranties:

As with most contracts, the first and most important thing to read in any warranty is the smallest print... unless it's a "No questions asked" warranty (which they never are). Almost all warranties are only as good as the honor of the company standing behind it.

I know of companies that have literally NEVER performed on their warranty because it is NEVER the fault of the product. "I know this compressor is only two months old, but it obviously failed from low voltage (or high voltage, or a lightening strike, or it's burned from a lack of cooling water - TAKE YOUR PICK!)".

The most wonderful sounding and comprehensive warranty can be absolutely worthless. In some cases they offer extended warranties for a handsome fee, which are again absolutely worthless with the wrong company - save your money! These are nothing more than a very lucrative alternate profit center!

We do not offer "extended warranties" for a fee and we do stand behind our products!


Approximate Specifications

* The larger units usually have a single 12" duct or 3-4 6" ducts - we will supply whatever your particular application requires at no additional charge.

R=Rotary compressor S=Scroll compressor LP = Low profile

Our aluminum discharge plenums attach directly to the discharge flange of the blower motor, making attaching the ducts a simple task: add about 6" to the length of the unit for a side discharge unit or 6" to its' height for a top discharge unit. (about 8" for units larger than 20,000 BTUs)

One ton of cooling =12,000 BTUs/hour. One BTU is the amount of thermal energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree F. One calorie is the amount of thermal energy required to raise the temperature of one cubic centimeter of water 1°C. Units' BTUs are rated in BTUs/hour of continuous operation under ideal conditions.

Model

BTUs of cooling

# of 4" dischg grills supplied

Blower CFM (Cubic ft./min.)

KW of elec. heat

Length in inches/mm

Width in inches/mm

Height in inches/mm

Amps (cool) 115/230

Amps (heat) 115/230

Wgt

lbs/kg

 FM6R

6,500

1

 273

1.7

18.5/470

11.25/286

11.25/286

5.0/2.2

13.3/6.7

55/25

 FM9R

9,000

2

 485

1.7

19.0/470

11.5/293

11.25/286

8.3/4.0

13.9/6.9

60/28

 FM12R

12,000

3

 485

1.7

19.75/502

12.25/312

13.5/343

8.9/4.0

17.7/8.9

75/35

 FM16R

16,500

3

 555

2.0

19.75/502

13.25/337

13.5/343

11.3/5.7

18.1/9.0

80/37

 FM18R

18,000

4

 555

2.0

19.75/502

13.25/337

13.5/343

12.3/6.1

18.1/9.0

85/39

 FM18RLP

 18,000

4

  555

2.0

26.5/674

14.5/369

10.5/267

12.9/6.4

18.1/9.0

85/39

  FM18.5R

18,500

5

  805

2.2

21.75/553

14.5/369

15.0/381

16.2/7.7
19.4/9.7

90/41

 FM20R

20,000

5

  990

2.2

21.75/553

15.5/394

15.0/381

17.1/7.7

20.3/10.2

125/57

 FM24R

24,000

5

  990

4.0

24.75/629

17.25/439

17.5/445

10.2-230V

20.1-230V

135/62

 FM36R

36,000

5

 1202

4.0

24.75/629

17.25/439

19.0/483

15.8-230V

20.1-230V

140/64

 FM36R-V
 36,000

5

 1202
 4.0

21.0/534
16.0/407
 29.0/737
15.8-230V
20.1-230V
140/64

 FM48S

48,000

*

  2553

6.0

39.0/991

28.0/712

26.0/661

23.0-230V

28.0-230V

210/96

 FM60S

60,000

*

  2553

8.0

40.0/1016

28.0/712

26.0/661

26.7-230V

37.0-230V

230/105

FM60S-V
 60,000

*

 2100

8.0

  23.0/585

26.0/661

46.0/1169

26.7-230V

37.0-230V

230/105

 FM72S

72,000

*

 2553

10.0

40.0/1016

28.0/712

26.0/660

28.7-230V
37.0-230V

245/112

 FM96S-H
 96,000

*

 5106

12.0

64.75/1645

28.0/712

26.13/664

17.3-230/3V
26.6-230/3V
345/157

 FM96S-V
 96,000

*

3200
 12.0

 28.0/712

 28.0/712

 60.0/1524
17.3-230/3V
26.6-230/3V
345/157
FM120S-H
120,000
*
5106
16.0
64.75/1645
28.0/712
26.13/664
28.8-230/3V
42.9-230/3V
410/186
FM120S-V
120,000

 *

3600
 16.0

  23.0/585

 26/661

 80.0/2032
28.8-230/3V
 42.9-230/3V
410/186

 FM180S-H
180,000

 *

7659
 24.0

 87.5/2223

 28.0/712

 33.25/845
30.3-230/3V
44.9-230/3V
630/286

 FM180S-V
180,000

 *

4800
 24.0

 60.0/1524

 26.5/674

 60.0/1524
30.3-230/3V
44.9-230/3V
630/286


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