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07-11-2003 08:19 AM
Importance of freezer for cruising?


Exactly what size frig & freezer do you have and how well insulated are they? Everything I have looked at estimates usage at 60amps.

07-11-2003 07:43 AM
Rich Morpurgo
Importance of freezer for cruising?

We cruised the Bahamas last winter and had a refrig w/small freezer. We used the Frigoboat evaporator with a keel cooler.

Our average usage was about 35 amps. We had a freezer packed with meat that still had frozen stuff in it when we got back.

07-01-2003 02:00 PM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

We cruised the Bahamas & Florida several years ago with only an ice box. There is no ice in the Bahamas.

We recently cruised the same area again with an Adler Barbour refrigerator unit. We had to run the engine every two days to charge batteries.

I will never go again without a refrigerator. When it''s hot, a cool drink is magical. Cold white wine is heavenly. Smoked sausage and well packed cheese last forever under refrigeration. I don''t think a freezer is necessary for me.
07-01-2003 06:50 AM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

The latest issue of ''Good Old Boat'' has an interesting article about canning foods. Even if one has a freezer, canned foods would minimize dependence upon it.
Just a thought.
06-30-2003 06:45 PM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

We have just returned form 3 years of cruising with the luxury of a large refrigerator and separate freezer. I see a lot of discussion on the amp usage. However, our system was coldplate driven. Yes we did have to run the engine 1 hour a day in the tropics. Running the engine did charge the batteries at the same time. An installation like this does take a lot of preperation to do it right. In our case it worked excellent without having a constant draw on the batteries.
06-26-2003 03:35 PM
Importance of freezer for cruising?


I just read your statement "as a general guideline, we''re seeing a 35amp/hr/day Florida and the Caribbean". I have read several other places to count on 60 amp/hr/day. How are you achieving such good results and what system are you using? 25 amp/hr will certainly make a big difference in any power generating/storage systems that we install!

I would also love to hear from others. What systems and how many amp/hr?

Thanks for your help!!!

05-18-2003 09:18 AM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

This is a trick I picked up from sail mag. It worked in my built in ice chest. I don''t use it any more since I had my 8 months of live aboard time and added a frig. But it worked....
05-18-2003 02:33 AM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

It would take about 50 Lbs of Dry Ice, at a cost of about $30, to keep an ice-chest (& it''s contents) frozen a couple of weeks.
Beware of CO2 build-up, as the dry ice sublimates (condenses from solid to CO2 gas).
Don''t store "unfreezable" stuff in the same box.
Thoroughly check out < > before using.
05-17-2003 03:38 PM
Importance of freezer for cruising?

I see alot of high tech ideas here but the simplest one seems to be lost. When I first started live aboard I bought all my meats deep frozen. I when packed them in my ice box I layered them with thin strips of dry ice. I would only open the ice box evey other day. My meats stayed hard frozen for 3 weeks. I guess if I would have had more to put in it I could have made it last alot longer...Just an idea..
03-24-2003 07:49 AM
Importance of freezer for cruising?


I think yours is the typical kind of question we see here which, bottom line, others can''t help you very much with. Jeff''s right that a freezer can put add''l stowage & electrical demands on you, but it''s really your cruising style that determines whether these are unsuitable or worth the trade-off. Can you do without refrigeration altogether? Others find it acceptable or perhaps even desireable...but what does that mean for you and your crew?

Having said all that, I think you''re asking a ''digital'' question for an ''analog'' issue: yes or no to a freezer. We have a 5 cu ft reefer, as well, yet we''re able to stow away a small amount of frozen food as needed and our ice is as clear and hard as any other boat''s with whom we''ve had contact. So don''t overlook having both in one box...and if your current system can''t support this on a reasonable electrical budget, perhaps the real question you mean to pose is whether it makes sense (for you, not me or others...) to modify the box and system so you can have your (5 cu ft) cake and eat it too.

(As a general guideline, we''re seeing a 35 amp/hr/day demand for the above, in Florida and the Caribbean. That level of electrical demand seems very reasonable to me, especially for solar- and wind-rich SoPac cruising where alternative energy sources pay good dividends...but only if your crew finds value in the reefer''s benefits to begin with).

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