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I appreciate your help, thank you.

here is my chiller. im thinking of replacing it with the norcold conversion kit, and am trying to get a handle on if i have enough insulation in the box. the original owner sailed all over (Honduras, up and down east coast) so i have to think it is ok. has anyone used the norcold product?
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I have an Engel refrigerator, which is a cousin of the Norcold portable units. Haven't used the Norcold system other than having a relative of it aboard my boat. Here are your chiller photos:





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We looked at Norcold, but ultimately decided to go with Seafrost. It is a bit more expensive, but generally gets great reviews and was Practical Sailors choice just a few months ago. Plus, it is American made by a small business in NH (we have been trying very hard the past couple of years to support these types of ventures), and when we contacted the owner he mentioned making us a semi-custom evaporator to fit our icebox - you won't get that from Norcold. We are picking up the condenser and giving him specifics on the evaporator on Monday, so feel free to PM me for further thoughts once we have the items in hand.
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Had two norcolds & both worked fine.marc
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We looked at Norcold, but ultimately decided to go with Seafrost. It is a bit more expensive, but generally gets great reviews and was Practical Sailors choice just a few months ago. Plus, it is American made by a small business in NH (we have been trying very hard the past couple of years to support these types of ventures), and when we contacted the owner he mentioned making us a semi-custom evaporator to fit our icebox - you won't get that from Norcold. We are picking up the condenser and giving him specifics on the evaporator on Monday, so feel free to PM me for further thoughts once we have the items in hand.
I installed the DC Seafrost Unit 3 years ago and will also give it great reviews and customer support. I liked the way the compressor was engineered with an enclosure allowing good air flow over the heat exchanger.
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I installed the Sawafuji compressor system that is used on the Norcold systems. I found a compressor evaporator on Ebay and took a chance that I could adapt it. I would not recommend that it be done from a service ability standpoint, not being a regular system with parts on the shelf to replace. It has worked great for over 4 yrs, and was a fun project to do.
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I also had an isotherm purchased from Sailor Sams.Was also pleased with uit & service.marc.
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