Originally Posted by s/v Jedi
Oh, the complete boxes.... Many of those have just 1" of not-too-good foam or so, which wont work so well in the tropics.
Of course you are correct, but then homes in the tropics have the same style of refrigeration
and they do seem to cope ok.
I imagine they do so by using more electrickery, so on a boat, that = more panels
You have to remember that I am a powered vessel and have an roof area that can take up to 20 x 190w panels if required
Fridge is cheap
(and has nice shelves and draws)
Panels are cheap
Custom built 12 volt refrigeration
(in Australia) is hideously expensive
Even 2" foam for a fridge is experienced as a failure by most cruisers in the tropics. Many think it broke on the sail to the tropics, but the only thing that changed is the climate.
4" foam for the fridge and 6" foam for the freezer is considered pretty good.
I totally agree and this may be one of the things I need to wait until out of country to get.
For the 6mths between launch and checkout I was thinking one of these things may do.
Maybe 2 of the upright freezers, one turned down as a fridge the other as beer
At least the air doesn't fall out and the insulation