Been reading up. Am refiting my 1983 Cape North 43. I have a well insulated (needs work) split frig freezer
. Existing system has 3! compressors: engine
driven, 220V water
cooled and what looks like a 12v under the sink. None of it is working since I bought the boat 3 months ago. Supposedly the engine compressor
is working but there is a refrigerant leak There are 4 Grunert cold plates and so much piping it looks like...well there's a lot and looks like a mess.
The boat won't be connected to shore power
. She will be in the tropics mostly in Palau
at 7.5N and ocean temp mid 80's F. Ambient air mid 90's Plan is to spend weeks at a time several times a year cruising around Palau
eventually do some extended cruising
The box is about 12cf total.
I am planning on 400ah wet cell house bank
80 to 100amp alternator
w/ external smart regulator
, no AC genset and no battery charger
and some fans
my plan is to rip out the entire refer system and put in an aircooled Adler barbour CU 100 with A/B 100 series evaporator VD-152QC. If it can't handle the load will install foam blocks inside the box to reduce the volume/load. Would ideally like to have a freezer
and refrig side by side overflow.
One option that I have read about is to keep the cold plates, run an engine compressor
to drop the temperature and maintain with the 12v air cooled compressor.
It's a big investment so hoping I can get steered in the right direction.