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It depends.... many long-distance cruisers get by with no refrigeration. Refrigeration on many boats is not reliable enough for it to be a given.
IMHO, the refrigerator you need for 2-4 people coastal cruising is probably very different than that you would for a couple on a bluewater passage.. since the food and drink consumption patterns are probably quite different.
I would highly recommend getting an installing a top-loading, in-counter unit, rather than a front-loading unit, as the top-loading units tend to be much more efficient.
Also, how do you plan to power the refrigerator? Engine driven, 12 VDC, 120 VAC with an inverter, propane or a combination of the methods?? Will it be water-cooled or air-cooled??? These all affect efficiency and in some cases size.
BTW, bodies being stored for disposal at sea require at least four cubic feet per...
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