Installing Refrigeration - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 05-08-2002 Thread Starter
Contributing Authors
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 536
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 18
Installing Refrigeration

We are building an F-36 trimaran and are now planning the galley systems. As we will be cruising in the tropics, refrigeration is at the top of our list. Can you offer us some advice on different types of refrigeration? I have heard that Glacier Bay and Adler/Barber are both quite good.

Sue & Larry respond:
Congratulations on a project near completion. In our opinion, the best refrigeration value today lies in the 12-volt, constant-cycling, refrigeration systems that incorporate a sealed Danfoss compressor. Companies like Adler/Barber, Frigoboat, and Seafrost all utilize this technology. The benefit to this type of refrigeration is low initial cost and virtually no maintenance. These extremely efficient units are also appreciated by multi-hullers for their relatively light weight. Because they're 12-volt systems, they can be easily powered by alternative energy like solar panels or wind generators. For cruising the tropics, you'll want to specify a water-cooled compressor as the efficiency is roughly 20 percent greater than air-cooled models.

Another advantage to this type of system is that they come pre-charged with coolant and are easily installed by the owner. We recently revamped our refrigeration on Serengeti. We installed a new compressor and evaporator on the fridge and added a totally separate freezer, which we built from scratch. Our two Frigoboat compressors are water-cooled via a single pump and relay. These simple and energy efficient compressors provide a surprisingly high amount of cooling. We maintain a freezer temperature of around five degrees Fahrenheit, with our fridge around 40 degrees. We can even make popsicles and our own ice!

Remember to insulate your box really well while you can still easily get around it. For refrigeration, four inches of urethane foam is considered a minimum and for freezers, six inches is the minimum. If space allows, err on the high side, particularly on the bottom of the box, where cold loss is the greatest. Good luck.

Sue & Larry is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome