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Recommendations for an ice box conversions

Hello and good day all;

I have a 33' Morgan O/I that I am finally going to do an Ice Box Conversion on. The mini fridge finally died and well, may as well do it right. I work at West Marine and I can get a good price break on the typical WAECO ADLER BARBOUR units but... I don't like the reviews I have seen on them. My box is under 6cu.ft. and I am not all worried about running it on 12v alone.

If you guys were going to do it again on your boats, what would you want to put in and why?

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Jeremy Lembo
Longboat key, FL
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Adler Barbour Waeco = Don't sell your Igloo Cooler

This is our first vessel with a fridge so don't have much to compare to but....our A/B unit is only a few years old, has only worked for 3 days this season and is now out of commission and Waeco has been unable to provide a replacement evaporator plate. I've just about given up and thought about going back to our "Thoreau style" of cruising.
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Maybe you need an older unit--our A/B is 15 years old, and has never missed a beat.
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Actually, I don't have any issues with the Adler Barbor units especially if you an get a great deal on one...but just on performance alone I would recommend the SeaFrost 12V unit appropriate to your box size/insulation etc. along with a cold plate rather than an evaporator.
You could probably get away with the SeaFrost BD model.

http://www.seafrost.com/bd.htm

They will work with you over the phone configuring lines etc. so that installation is a snap.
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Several years ago I lived aboard a 33OI. Had an engine driven comp. and a 110V comp. for use dockside. A holding plate in the box. Worked great, and would freeze items placed against the holding plate.
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I am sure anything in the marine environment can have issues. With the exception of putting an ice pick through the evaporator one time, I have had no issues with my AB and would put it in again in a heart beat.

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CD...actually you can use a flat head screwdriver on the evaporator with the same result! (g)
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Sheesh!
This is fun. I have to say the results you all listed match the ratings I have read on the AB equipment. It makes me wonder if it the unit some people get are just lemons or not. I can get a good deal on the AB parts since I work for West. I think the condenser is $500 +or- and the plate is less than $100.

Sea Frost does look good though. To get around not running my batteries all the time I may purchase a transformer 120vac to 12vdc and use it to run the unit at the dock.

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You guys just need to be more careful...


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Well, I do live aboard with my wife and kids and we have not done any long term cruising yet.

I know from working with copper anything, you have to be pretty careful in general. If lines are charged, all it takes is just one small stress fracture to cause a slow bleed, especially if the lines are moving from riding waves. The "Quick connectors" have me worried but, all in all, some great advice.

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