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Old 25-08-2012, 12:49   #1
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Ice...........

New thread to gather a bit of info regarding the availability if ice while out cruising. Don't want to reopen the frig vs. ice box subject.....

Just curious about the availability of good quality ice for all of the ice box users.

Block ice?

Expensive?

What areas were you cruising?

Remote? Or close to home?

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Old 25-08-2012, 13:19   #2
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Re: Ice...........

Spent last winter in T&C, PR, USVI, and BVI. My refer went down on the sail down so I needed ice until I could make the repair. Ice in all those locations, but 3-6 dollars per bag. I like cold beer. Having the refrigerator was way cheaper and could stay lost for weeks at a time.
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Old 25-08-2012, 13:20   #3
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Re: Ice...........

No block ice
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Old 25-08-2012, 14:24   #4
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Re: Ice...........

Readily available in the Med' from most convienence stores, handy if I run out and dont want to start the engine / genny to run my icemaker.
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Old 25-08-2012, 14:29   #5
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Re: Ice...........

We've found that Ice is everywhere if you cruise the EastCoast US and Chesapeake, and stay at marinas. Otherwise, Ice becomes less available, and like... $10 / small bag, in the Bahamas and such. Then, on both sides of the Caribbean, it varies between the same, and just not available.

Installing a small ENERGY EFFICIENT refrigerator, with a vacuum panel insulated, 2 cu ft box, was money well spent! It has worked flawlessly for 13 years now, using about 25 Ah/day, (Powered 100% with solar).

We did actually use ice for 4 years, and our cooler sweated and made a condensation mess all the time. It also cost us as much for ice, as the refrigerator did later.

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Old 25-08-2012, 14:56   #6
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Re: Ice...........

I had a freezer on board that could make ice, and I never used it. It ended up being dry storage.

Every once in a great while we would buy a bag of ice, but got by pretty well without out it. When we had it, it was awesome.

Somethings are better if you don't get them very often.
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Old 25-08-2012, 15:08   #7
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Re: Ice...........

Seems to me you'd want to make your own from a purifier unless you were somewhere with a safe water supply. I have heard the ice cubes in Mexico allow you to suffer from both ends the next morning after a night out.
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Re: Ice...........

la cruz--block ice--mazatlan also has block ice. not a problem to get ice--is under 20 pesos for a 10 or 12 pound bag.
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bermuda block ice was $14.00 a block
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Thanks gang!!!!!

Good info. Looks like its a toss up for now. Might just keep the old ice box.....
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Re: Ice...........

We were anchored off in low bay off Barbuda. Hauled the dingy across the beach then motored across the lagoon to buy a block of Ice out of some body's freezer. No Real stores in Barbuda then.

Bought Ice every where we went all up and down the Caribbean, but eventually developed a taste for warm beer and sodas.

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Re: Ice...........

Not just cruisers with ice problems....

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The video is classic!!!!!!!!
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That's a great video. It, of course, reminded me of this one:

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Re: Ice...........

We found that anywhere there is a fishing harbour you can get ice, even if it is just the chipped 'fish' ice. Wouldn't want to put it in your drinks as I believe it is chemically treated to last a bit longer (maybe wrong on that), but it does keep everything cold.

Block ice seems to last longer. Here in Langkawi, Malaysia a two kilo block is about 3-4RM (3RM=1$ approx) and most places sell bags of ice cubes for 1RM per bag.

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