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It all depends on the boat, and how important, (how much time and money, and room on the boat), you are prepaired to spend on refridgeration.
If it is important to you, then getting a unit that can run on the engine, or have enough electrical power generation on board to run it.
I have a full sized house style refridgerator on board. BUT I spent some money on a bigger generator, additional house batteries, an inverter, etc...
If you have a big enough boat so you have room for the additional equipement, and add enough power generation, (solar, wind, generator), to run it, then why not?
If you're in a Flicka 20, then 3 days after the ice melts in the cooler, refridgeration is probably going to be just a distant memory.
PS I've never made a passage, but if you don't have enough power to run a week at anchor, you're not going to make it on a passage either.
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Last edited by CapnBilll; 12-23-2011 at 08:30 AM.