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Catalina 309 Owners...Fridge
I took delivery on my new Catalina 309 this Spring from the Sail Place in Michigan. The fridge is advertised as an AC/DC unit, but I realized back in May that mine's a DC unit. I told my dealer about this right away, but they insisted it's an AC/DC unit.
I pointed out to the dealer that with the shore power connected, and the DC power turned off, the fridge does not run. The dealer said that for the fridge to run in AC mode, the DC must be on (both the main switch AND the refrigerator switch on the DC distrubution panel). I said that makes no sense but they stuck by their story.
I called Waeco, the maker, and they said my fridge model number indicates it's a DC unit, NOT AC/DC. Told the dealer but they weren't convinced. I also told the dealer there's no obvious AC power running to the fridge. They agreed to remove the fridge and find out for sure but couldn't figure out how to remove it. The said they'd get back to me.
The dealer called me back today (been a couple months) and said that they just learned from Catalina that it's NOT an AC/DC fridge...Catalina changed the fridge on hull numbers in the 20's (but their website still says AC/DC). The dealer said that they and Catalina don't intend to remedy it, but suggested that they and I could write letters to Frank Butler.
I think the AC/DC is the better unit, as I can leave my boat at the slip with the DC turned off and the AC on. If somebody kicks my power cord, etc., my fridge will stop running, but it won't run my batteries down.
1. Is this just a substitution of equipment on Catalina's part or an elimination of advertised equipment? Dealer says substitution.
2. Is the AC/DC the better unit?
3. Does YOUR 309 really have AC/DC and do you care?