Originally Posted by skippermalolo
First is a Frigoboat Capri
50 compressor and evaporator plate that would be installed in the existing freezer box. I've been quoted $1,800 installed.
Any experience with Frigoboat freezers?? Are they reliable ??
Since nobody else is speaking up, I will.
I don't know what you mean by 'Frigoboat freezer' - unless it's a box which will hold stuff frozen while you use the rest of the heat removal
That said, it was only due to configuration issues that I didn't go back with the same setup after my Frigoboat packed it in (long story covered in several other threads on CF).
I don't know what's involved with your issue, but I can tell you that my SeaFrost unit, which has now, a bit more than a year in, with considerably less time of use due to circumstance, already had its fir$t March Pump failure not long after the warranty ran out - a significant portion of a boat buck just by itself - and cost double what you've been quoted.
You haven't said what a tear-out and reconfiguration would cost. But the Engels have a huge reputation, and, if it HAS to be replaced, it should be a plug-and-play. This assumes, of course, that you do the Engel route
Had my Frigoboat, even if it required a haulout to replace the keel cooler
, been a plug-and-play, I'd have gone back with it. It would consume about half the amp hours that my new system does, which is key in our lives (to avoid running the Honda
any more than absolutely necessary). In addition, regardless of cost in dead dinosaurs/sun rays, our FB system could pull at least 15°F colder than the SeaFrost. Your new system, if that's how you go, likely will also be a (relative) P&P for your dead one.
FWIW, FrigoboatInfo is a member
of the CF, and will give you great support should you ever need it, long past the warranty period...