MikeO... of anyone on this thread you always really bring it back to the original intent of what the OP was wanting to start a conversation about. Thank you! You really knock it out of the park. I think you are right in the dots you connect. However, I think there is probably some room for compromise.
Thanks mrhoneydew, that's very kind of you. And perhaps my dot-connections speak more about my own limitations than anyone else's. You've all convinced me I can maintain and sustain a fridge/freezer on my boat. I'm definitely being enticed by those nice drop-in Engels. But that's the problem -- or perhaps my
A nice fridge is going to bump me into a higher food bracket than I think wise for frugal cruising. You're right of course; just b/c I have
a fridge doesn't mean I need to fill it with fresh beef or lovely lettuce and cucumber. I can keep it for the big fish that doesn't get away, or all the leftovers I need to preserve. But if there's one thing I've learned about myself over the years, it's that I'm not that strong, nor that wise, when it comes to avoiding seductive choices.
If I've got that new Engel humming away at minimal power consumption, of course I'm going to want to fill it with steak and chicken and lettuce and cucumbers and fresh milk and cream and... Why wouldn't I? It's working so well, and that fresh produce will taste soooooo good out there. But then we run out of fresh, so we have to go back to the dock so we can stock up on more. And since we're at the marina anyway we might as well fill the diesel and go out for dinner. And how about that nice dress (for my wife -- not me
), or how about just one case of that great hoppy microbrew for me.
Pretty soon we've blown the budget and are hanging out in the $3,000/month club.