Originally Posted by Vasco
A household fridge/freezer is highly impractical for cruising sailboats. If you're going to be tied up at a marina with shore power
fine but if you're cruising in a forty foot boat it won't work.
Many folks initially have highly unrealistic expectations of the cruising life. If you want all the comfort and conveniences of home there are two solutions, one- lots and lots of money
and and and a large boat with a generator
running 24 hours or two- stay at home.
5 years full time liveaboard
, and 22,000 miles of sailing, and my $300 domestic fridge and freezer
are both working perfectly.
An extra couple of hundred dollars worth of solar panels
runs them fine, on a sunny day the charge controller will be going into absorbtion mode often by around mid day. The solar
also runs our watermaker
, or it would be absorbing even earlier...
Apart from having to stay in one for a while earlier this year while I was working, we avoid marinas
. I'd estimate we'd have spend over 1500 nights at anchor
We don't have a fixed genset, just a small portable Honda generator
, which I now only run occasionally to keep it from rusting up.
So the answer to the OP's question is yes it can/does work, although maybe not on a monohull