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Old 08-11-2010
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I had an engine-drive compressor on my last boat. The system worked very well, but 30 minutes isn't enough to get the eutectic solution down to the freezing point. 45-60 minutes would suffice and then I would get 2 days or more of very cold beverages from the fridge.
It boils down to how often you are willing to run your main engine at very low loads... but if moving around the engine time used to get into and out of anchorages/docks/harbours was more than enough to keep the reefer cold.
How powerful is your engine (the compressor takes a lot of HP from a small engine)?
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