A small 25-50 watt solar panel and good charge controller will go a long way to keeping the batteries in decent condition if you keep the boat on a mooring.
Originally Posted by tager
If you want a fridge, get a fridge, but here are my suggestions;
Get a propane (or other fuel) fridge, electric ones will KILL your batteries fast.
Or just jam your needs-to-be refrigerated stuff in an icebox in the lowest part of the bilge. You will have ice for a week around here. (PNW winter)
You must not know a whole lot about the non-electric, non-engine powered fridges. They're not designed to be used on most boats, since they NEED TO BE LEVEL to operate safely. They can be used on multihulls, and are stock equipment on some catamarans... but they are not suitable for a 21' monohull.
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