I am interested in alternate refrigeration
to that supplied as standard on boats.
I live aboard an Lagoon
450 full time, currently have 2 x 130 lt fridges in Saloon
1 x 80 lt fridge and 1 x 100 lt freezer
in aft cockpit
Giving me a total of aprox 320 lt fridge and 120 lt freezer
. This is about the same storage
as offered by a Domestic 420 lt 2 door fridge/freezer.
The difference being each draws 6 amps DC when running.
The combined replacement cost is close to $8,000.00 Australian Dollars.
They need to be defrosted manually every 6 to 8 weeks.
The freezer will not keep Ice cream frozen unless turned all the way up and run continuously.
They take up almost the same space as 2 x Domestic 420 lt 2 door fridge/freezer.
When I purchased the 100 lt freezer and complained about the issue of not keeping ice cream frozen, the response was "what do you expect from a boat freezer it will never be as good as a land based unit." !!!!!!!!!!!
I floated the subject of using a domestic type unit and was told in no uncertain terms by a number of people that it would not work or last in the marine environment
Fast forward 6 months and I am not happy with the set up I have on board.
Then I meet a fellow cruiser on a Lagoon
500 who has been a full time live aboard since 2009 with a family
of 4, and sailed over half way around the world.
is a Bosch Domestic upside down 2 door unit still going strong after 5 years without an issue.
I know people do not like AC units on boats and will argue about where do you get the power to run them etc etc etc.
But if you look at the economics $8k - $1.5K for the domestic fridge/freezer you still have $6.5K to beef up the Inverter/Battery/Solar systems.
Am I not seeing the problem with this way of thinking.
The Lagoon 500 by the way had NO Gas on board all cooking
was done by electricity (220 volt AC)
The other comment that stood out was all the problems they had had in 5 years was with dedicated Marine equipment
. The domestic equipment
installed was still running fine after 5 years at sea.
Any body else out there using domestic equipment with success.