Like most South Floridians my age, I was raised in a very air-conditioned world. The thought of not having AC on a hot, muggy day in August (or even February for that matter- Florida weather can surprise you with crazy temps any time of year) just seemed awful. (Like I've said, I was a little sheltered). When my husband, Green (yes, that's his real name), and I moved aboard Egret, our Pearson Vanguard, it didn't have AC, which we remedied by fitting a room air conditioner in the forward hatch while we were at the dock. We could make the cabin so pleasently cold that the outside of the hull would actually sweat with condensation.