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Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

So, it's time to replace my refrigeration; my AB supercold is kaput. I decided to go with a vitrifrigo after reading positive reviews. I have a vertical mounted boxed evaporator... So I wanted to order a similar setup. Well it turns out that they recently stopped making the S6, so I order the next evolution over the phone. As it turns out; their "next evolution" of the boxed evaporator is the S7... Makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that this unit does not have a bottom...nor a lid. It is just a hollow unit. Effectively creating a cold area of wasted space.

Now, if there is a reason that they did this it is beyond me. Anyone have any ideas?? My only solution is to create my own aluminum bottom...as it was explained to me. Yes, I will prepare the machine shop I have hidden aboard.
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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

Sorry, this has nothing to do with your questions but:

When I saw the topic I thought, "Hm, Vetrifrigo must be the Italian contender for the Vendee Globe. I wonder what tactic he used that was 'disappointing'."

Sometimes (frequently) I'm an idiot.
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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

Hah! I had the same thought! Put me in the idiot camp.

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I too join the herd of fools.

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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

Idiot camp is getting full, pitch me a tent in there also. Came to read about the racing tactic.

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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

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So, it's time to replace my refrigeration; my AB supercold is kaput. I decided to go with a vitrifrigo after reading positive reviews. I have a vertical mounted boxed evaporator... So I wanted to order a similar setup. Well it turns out that they recently stopped making the S6, so I order the next evolution over the phone. As it turns out; their "next evolution" of the boxed evaporator is the S7... Makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that this unit does not have a bottom...nor a lid. It is just a hollow unit. Effectively creating a cold area of wasted space.

Now, if there is a reason that they did this it is beyond me. Anyone have any ideas?? My only solution is to create my own aluminum bottom...as it was explained to me. Yes, I will prepare the machine shop I have hidden aboard.
Sounds like it is meant to replace the icebox that most sailboats have. Can you re-use your old supercold housing for parts?

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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

The funny thing is, the old S6 was a perfectly good unit. Nova Kool has a good alternative in the same price range, and at least it has a bottom!

Mad_machine - It's technically possible to re-use old evaporators, but the connectors won't match up, and the practicality of brazing up the tubing, dealing with the leaks that probably killed the system in the first place, making sure the old and possibly incompatible lubricant is cleared (depending on age), and recharging, makes it a costly job. And then you're still left with old equipment. Better to get a sheet of aluminum and a pop-rivet gun.
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Re: Vitrifrigo makes a disappointing move...

although the question was placed long time ago, would like to share my observation for future reference.
have a jeanneau which originally came with the subject unit (although named jn250). the box type evaporator had the lid and bottom installed with screws and nuts through the holes drilled on the evaporator plate, however this must be done perhaps by a specialist not to damage the refrigerant tubes built in the the evaporator plate itself. therefore this item is not really suitable to be sold on the internet or has to come with very-very detailed drawings to the end user.
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