A while back I posted a thread on refrigeration
wondering if those low cost units now available at places like Sams were of any use on a boat. I have a large trawler
and space and battery
power are not really restricted, and as I love to eat and cook I wanted lots of storage
The general consensus was that despite the advertised frugality of the power use of these units, what mattered was the thickness of the insulation
, so that most felt that they were totally unsuited for boats.
I presently have two top loading 7 cu ft freezers and one small 3.2 cu ft front loading counter top refrigerator
. One of the freezers I use as a large refrigerator
by not letting it get too cold. I have thermometers in each unit to get some idea what's up and sort of juggle their power supply. I run my generator
about two hours a day and and use a 1000 watt inverter
when needed and I must say it's all working out quite well. My batteries never drop below 12.5 v.
What I really like is that the freezers cost $197 each and the refrigerator $137, and I have a total of !7.2 cu ft of storage
These units have their condensers on the outside skin so they can't be tightly built in and they are boxy and ugly, so you probably would not want one on your 32' sailboat, but they work for me.