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Old 19-01-2007, 11:42   #1
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Question Replacing Refrigeration Unit

I am starting to research replacing the Frigoboat Engine Driven refrigeration system on our Jeanneau SO 45.2. After 6 years of suffering with constant system failures (it was in charter for 5 years so I didn't have to pay for that we have it for private use it is starting to cost a significant amount to repair and after several attempts I have decided to replace the system.) .

My current thoughts are to keep the existing holding plate and replace the engine driven compressor with a DC compressor. The fridge box is 12 cu. ft. and I have a space under the stove adjacent to the fridge where I would plan to mount the compressor. This space is 10" deep x 9" high x 21" wide, and well vented.

I would appreciate any thoughts on if I am moving in the right direction and if so what brands of compressor I should look at. Thanks in advance for any input on this process.

On a positive note, I just purchased an Engel 12 volt freezer unit and used it last week in the BVI and I worked wonderfully. I would highly recommend this unit.

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Old 19-01-2007, 16:09   #2
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Go here: RParts: Refrigeration Parts Solution

Tell them your situation and what you want to do. They will help you out.

No, I do not work there or have any financial gain by recomending them.

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Old 19-01-2007, 16:17   #3
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this is what i am planning to do except i am starting off with a danfoss 50 and a holding plate, the bits i am getting from here Home as they seem to have worked out most of the bugs for me
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Old 19-01-2007, 16:41   #4

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Guys... I have to keep on plugging the guy who made my refrigeration project possible. Richard Kollmann.

He has a really cheap book you can buy that is absolutely loaded with all the info you need to become an expert in marine refrigeration. As if that's not enough, he even helps you with free consulting after you buy the book. The guy is not making a lot from this, and has helped me and others tremendously.

Here's his site:

KollmannMarine Boat Refrigeration Specialist

The book answers every single question you have and is a worthwhile reference tool to have aboard for when you run into trouble in the future. The book is called "Do it yourself Boat Refrigeration"

Liek above, I have no connection, financial gain, etc... and don't even know the guy other than the fact that his expertise made my refrigeration installation possible.
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Old 19-01-2007, 16:58   #5
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I am not an expert but the Yachties down here in Trinidad are raving about a company called Stone Cold.Very light and very efficient.
E-mail at the people I have talked to it is worth a look.
The company that offers it in Trinidad is Nau-T-Kol.1-868-634-2174
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Old 30-01-2007, 12:05   #6
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Would love to know more about the Engel freezer unit. We have 2001 45.2 and are preparing to head south from Seattle area next fall. We currently have no freezer and a DC Frigoboat standard reefer. The options at Seattle Boat show are overwhelming. Thanks, Kate
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Old 30-01-2007, 21:34   #7
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Has it got enough insulation. EG 6 inch foam in freezer, 4 inch foam in fridge ?

This is a major reason why fridge/freezers don't like tropical heat.


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