Originally Posted by ka4wja
While this describes things well....I'm left wondering if your earlier question was rhetorical? (if so, my apologies for bothering your with direct answers)....
Earlier you asked do we have any suggestions to establish why it isn't working properly....I answered you directly here in post #16, but we never heard if these answers were useful...
Air vs water or both for cooling refrigerant
Please advise if these direct answers (as well as real world info, from someone just a few miles from you), were helpful....
s/v Annie Laurie
My apologies. I thought I'd answered your questions, and added commentary, inline. Perhaps it went missing (my internet
here is abominable).
To recap, yes, I've been in extensive correspondence with Richard Kollman. However, my recent mail, and one of 7-2-14 have gone unanswered; Gord May reflected that he's been inactive of late in another thread, so perhaps he's died, finally. I have read his site, and have read, his book (I own it), and have met him personally (not for service
work but in a SSCA GAM). Earlier last year, he lamented that while he'd seen me in Lake Sylvia, he'd not gotten a chance to visit (presumably by dinghy
, as has our email) but found us gone before he made it. At that time, we were still fighting with our Frigoboat system.
I've heard from many, and looking at other threads, even more, that air cooling
is superior and effective and sufficient even in desert 100+F scenarios. My dissatisfaction with having to have utilized the water
option on my SeaFrost replacement was instant; my difficulties with my cooling water
packing up don't lessen that dissatisfaction, but, at least so far, it appears to be the only way we'll get cycling on our system (vs running full time; it's bad enough as it is).
We know Mack Sails
folks well enough, having done business with them for the last 6 or so years, and would not hesitate to use them for other stuff.
However, my system is still under warranty; despite the month of tweaking and messing and defective-part-replacement plus adding water cooling that Hansen Marine
(the outfit referreed to me by Frigoboat) did, it's still not working.
If all the folks - you included, I think, but CRS rampant in this almost-70 OF (old fart), so ICBW - who remonstrate with details of how superior their air-only systems are can be believed, I should not need the water option in mine, either.
I'm in no position to judge, our presence in Vero Beach in the boat being limited to relatively recently, but folks here are apparently misled/misobserving the condition of the water however far north it is of Stuart, as the complaints are consistent with it being worse than any time in recent memory for those who live and work here.
As to any of the referrals you've provided, including Mack and Beard, thank you for the glowing testimonials. It's much better to have those who have actually used a provider's report than mere hearsay. I may get to that point; I went to Stuart to enable the diesel mechanic
to do our injector pump rebuild
, so taking the boat there for refrigeration
resolution isn't out of the question. I'd much rather the installing company resolve it, however, as I'm already broke.
As to other water cooled mediums, I commented only on the apparent efficiency of them, witnessing the (I know of none, so I qualify the comment) lack of air-cooled AC systems aboard the typical boats. I don't like my having to use water, for all the obvious reasons as well as the absolute misery of dealing with packed-in feed lines (at least as ours is installed - if this continues, I'll have to consider moving the water intake/source/filter/whatever to make servicing it frequently manageable) in our system.
Did I address your concerns?
Thanks for your help. We can't WAIT to get out of here; perhaps we'll share an anchorage in your neighborhood sometime before I die or shoot myself.