FWIW, when we are planning to have available some cubes for drinks, we take a bag of cube ice from the store and put them into a large lidded Tupperware container. At 38 degrees ambient that ice will last with no appreciable melting for over a week (or until we run out of rum).I've had several people tell me that refrigeration will make my boat more comfortable. And, I'm sure I'll get around to it. I have two problems. 1. I can buy a LOT of ice for the price of the refrigeration conversion. 2. What do I put in my wife's cocktails when we use up the one small tray of ice I'll be able to make at a time? I can drink my Bourbon neat with no hardship. She won't be as forgiving.
It has been done before, but the real question is, where are you going with it, and how much will you be relying on it? I have seen many conversions in the brewing world, but they don't move. The hardest part is keeping the systems charged and not breaking a line when you disassemble the the fridge. I don't *think* you can recharge most of them. I had a mini fridge on my boat for about a year before it up and quit and I was unable to recharge it. I would sure hate to spend all that time taking it apart to install it and have it give up on me.I have one followup question... has anyone considered/tried removing the guts from an inexpensive small fridge and repurposing for a marine fridge? Seems like that could be a way to save a ton of money...
I am an HVAC-R technician in Texas and work on refrigeration a systems. Professional speaking if you found the correct components to work it is possible but your reliability will not be what what you would hope for. The main issue is your condenser coil sizing to work in the enclosed environment of a boat. Let alone the issue of building the condenser and getting all the controls to work correctly. I have found there is a reason things are inexpensive and that is usually because they are built with cheap parts.I have one followup question... has anyone considered/tried removing the guts from an inexpensive small fridge and repurposing for a marine fridge? Seems like that could be a way to save a ton of money...
And how did it all work? I also have an 84 E35-3 (171). Looking to make all kinds of modifications; this is one of the most importantI installed a Seafrost BD system on my 1984 E35-3. Boat still under shrinkwrap so cant really give you a good review yet. Should be able to give it a good test by 1st week in May... It was relatively simple to install. I ended up putting the compressor on a shelf inside the lazarette as it gets plenty of good airflow back there. I also added a second G27 deep cycle battery and ended up putting this in the stowage locker under the stb settee. This actually made it very easy to run the cables straight back from the laz. Of course the other part of this is that I am also going to be installing 2 x 100W rigid monocrystalline pv panels atop a new bimini. I have already pre-wired the controller which I also put inside the same locker where the 2nd battery is. I cant wait to see how it all works!
Hey, we're in Portland! Thanks for the advice!Totally worth it. We just replaced the P/O’s alder barbor unit with a new one, the old one had a leak. We didn’t reduce the size of the box like Matt did, though seeing that we might retrofit. Works great, seems to run about 50% duty cycle here in Maine at about 7amps. We power it with 200 watts of solar on the Bimini.
I prefer the alder barbor because it creates a small freezer which we leave ice in.
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