I'm abandoning the keel coolerbecause it is more expensive to get another one here than I'd like. And I'll have to wait longer for shipping/custom etc. I can get an air cooled system with no shipping
Plus I have very reasonable ventilation options for an air cooled system.
The only thing I'm debating is whether to buy a combo air and water cooled system, so I could hook up the water cooling
circuit if I find that the air cooled version isn't working well enough. But the water temp is really high here in southeast asia too.
I personally like the keel cooled system, and it has performed very very well over the last 5 years. Power is not a big issue for us, as I have installed a kilowatt of solar
and all the other goodies I'd want electrically. So the new system doesn't have to be as efficient as the keel cooler. But, again, I'd prefer a keel cooler system.
FYI, in my view it is not likely that the keel cooler failed due to stray current
. We spend very little time in marinas
. We have spent a grand total of 5 days in a marina in the last 2 years. Three of those days were AFTER the failure. The other two days were the day before and the day after a haul out--and we don't every hook up to marina power. While stray current may still be possible, I doubt that was the cause. I think its more likely a flaw somewhere in the boat's own wiring
relating to frigoboat's requirement that you connect a ground wire to the keel cooler. The failed system is in our starboard hull
. We have a virtually identical system in our Port hull
that runs our freezer
. That system has been working flawlessly for more than 6 years--I'm a big fan of the frigoboat system -- though I've probably just jinxed myself into a problem
In any event, for me personally, the cause of failure of the keel cooler is moot. I'm filling in the hole in the hull, and buying
a new system without a keel cooler do to the reasons describe above. I'll keep the control module as a spare, and give away the evaporator plate and the compressor to someone who might enjoy fiddling with them.
Thanks again for everyone's thoughts on this. I love the resource that this forum is!!