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post #6 of Old 08-11-2010
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Dr. S,

Whether you have an engine driven fridge or not depends on how you use your boat. If you intend to cruise I would say no to engine driven as you'd have to run the engine twice a day to keep the fridge up. A 12v system would be preferable but with 12v you'd have to look at your charging system and possibly have to go with more batteries, panels, wind and/or a Honda.

If you're tied up at the dock most of the time I would still go with the 12v system as shorepower and battery charger will keep it up and, with sufficient batteries, you might get away without more charging if you go out for a weekend.

12v is cheaper and easier to install.

Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.

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