Originally Posted by icemate
Dorm friges are cheap junk if you are not hooked up to shore power
not worth it. Live onboard for 8 years, sailed from Buffalo,NY to Australia
. Half of it single
handed w/no problems w/refrigeration.
Hum, I've only lived aboard 10 years, though 8 with a dorm fridge ($140) While I'm at dock
some, I spend a lot of time at anchor
, many months in summer in the delta
Well a 12V system with lots of insulation
would be lovely, my purse is lacking big bucks for a marine
fridge. Yes the inverter
is only 90% efficient. But even with that, I still only use 2.5 amps per hour and that's in 90 degree delta
summer heat. So for $200 for fridge and inverter and another $50 for a backup inverter, Life is pretty good. I've yet to have problem one with my fridge, and yes I do sail and I'm currently at anchor.
To Ron: totally agree about a deployable boarding ladder. Its a bit tricky though with a sailboat due to freeboard. I had a rope
ladder that I made that was deployable from the water, though I never used it. The new ladder is the bees knees and at least an anchor, should I fall in, I'll be able to get back out of the water. Sooo Nice.
And an update. I've added the third panel ($117 from ebay including shipping) Now on a sunny day the batteries and laptop
are fully charged by noon ish. I worked 6 hours today doing engineering and now that the sun has set, the batteries are sitting at 100, ok 99 percent.
I made the third a floater, with clips that hold it to the lifeline and ropes to secure it and adjust the angle. This one I can move port or startboard and tilt to maximize the sun. My other two panels are fixed with a single pivit from vertical / down to 120 degrees up, so somewhat limited adjustment.