Originally Posted by Jimbo485
I will replace it with a small domestic fridge and an inverter. Even if it only lasts a few years, that is ok. Still worth it.
These days there is some competion to the traditional marine fridge.
Some very efficient domestic models have started to appear with good insulation
, even vacuum panels. Because they are domestic not marine the prices are reasonable. It is hard to know the real world efficiency on board a hot boat, but some are close,or possible better, than a typical marine fridge.
Many people balk at the idea of anything running from an inverter, but the modest loss of perhaps 15% can easily potentially be made up with more efficient insulation
and compressor design.
The other attractive option are 12v car fridges. Some units are very efficient and can be converted from fridge to freezer.
Two car units would give redundancy and for normal operation one could be used as a fridge and one a freezer.
One big advantage of both of the above options is when they break down they can be thrown away and easily replaced with a new unit. Two smaller units are not prohibitory expensive.
A lot of cruising boats sit in out of the way places waiting for someone to repair their fridge.
A traditional marine fridge is still the best option in many cases, but give some thought if these alternatives may be more suitable.