Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Fremont, WA
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The 25 year old 12v Cold Machine on my boat didn't work when I bought it last year. A new Compressor/Condenser unit is $900.
Since my boat budget is not unlimited and I don't mind hacking things together, I cut the compressor off of a mini fridge I had at home.
I brazed the 110v R134a compressor in place of the dead 12v R12 Compressor and put a filler valve on the low side.
It works great.
When at shore, shore power keeps it nice and cold. We out, my inverter keeps it running. It's draws about 8 amps (12v) when running.
If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.
- E.B. White