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frig.aircon etc are quite nice but certainly not a necessity,millions,probably billions of people can't even dream of all that,if you've never had it you won't miss it
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A refrig. is a necessity if you demand that 'lifestyle'. On passage, a place where there is usually a wind blowing, I use a windgen to supply my electrical demands vs. a 12vdc modern, high efficiency refrig. (a Seafrost XP specifically). With minimum power generation there is no need to be without a refrig. ... and one can keep ice cream 'hard' if you 'want to', and your fish catch and vegetables last as well as on land, etc. There is no need to eat like a recluse hermit living in the netherworld since the advent of modern high efficiency and quite reliable Danfoss, etc. type 12vdc compressor based refrig. systems. Of course the 'heart' of any such system is a WELL insulated 'box'.
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Fridge Freezer gets used on passages for sure. 675 ah fed by 400w of tiltable solar gives me enough if the sun is shining.
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Thanks everyone. That all helps a lot. I'm looking at 35-45' boats now and all come with refrigeration, but many can also fail. Good to have a back up plan just in case and I like the idea of a separate freezer. Most boats seem to have very limited refrigeration. I do a lot of offroading and Engel low voltage fridge/freezers are common. I guess paying the money and throwing an extra one of those or something similar will be a good idea, as well as making sure we have lots of wind/solar power, which we plan to have anyway, as we'll be doing a lot of filming and will need to charge batteries often.
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