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12-10-2012 05:28 PM
chucklesR
Re: Installing refrigerator

You folks must be bored, dredging up four year old posts.

By now wchevon's probably sold the cat 30 and moved on.
12-10-2012 03:33 PM
deniseO30
Re: Installing refrigerator

Chef I used the Norcold I see they redesigned the compressor too


It is possible to take a dorm fridge and lay it on it's back IF the compressor piping is long enough to let you make the compressor vertical when the box is laying down.

A tech could cut the lines relocate the compressor nearby too; but little boxes like that are hardly worth the trouble. and getting the minute refrigerant charge "just right"
12-10-2012 02:30 PM
celenoglu
Re: Installing refrigerator

front opening fridges are not good for marine use. The above comments are correct for them and you cannot open the door when sailing, all the goods inside will fall down.
12-10-2012 01:32 PM
miatapaul
Re: Installing refrigerator

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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Paul, most little dorm type fridges the "coil" that used to be on the back is now bonded to the outer aluminum skin of the box. then it's all foamed in place with the inner box. the outer skin will feel warm when it's running. Only the evaporator and compressor are really worth removing. I was going to do that to my boats ice box but went with a new unit that was on sale at Defender marine.
Yea, that is why i mentioned it. It pretty much locks you into a Craig's list/Goodwill finds. I know one that I saw on line showed that he got the wrong kind originally and had to find one with coils on the back. I think that a proper system is better, but may well be out of many folks budget.
12-10-2012 01:08 PM
chef2sail
Re: Installing refrigerator

Denise what did you wind up buying?
12-10-2012 12:10 PM
SchockT
Re: Installing refrigerator

It seems like a whole lot of hassle to go through if you are just day sailing or even just weekending! We get by just fine with a good old fashioned ice box! If I want cold beer waiting for me on the boat I store it in a locker that is below the waterline against the hull so it is quite cool. Of course I drink good quality darker beers that don't have to be ice cold to taste good!

As much as it would be nice to have refrigeration on the boat, and I have the ability to install it myself, we always seem to find higher priority things to spend the money on when it comes to the boat!
12-10-2012 11:46 AM
deniseO30
Re: Installing refrigerator

Paul, most little dorm type fridges the "coil" that used to be on the back is now bonded to the outer aluminum skin of the box. then it's all foamed in place with the inner box. the outer skin will feel warm when it's running. Only the evaporator and compressor are really worth removing. I was going to do that to my boats ice box but went with a new unit that was on sale at Defender marine.
12-10-2012 11:28 AM
miatapaul
Re: Installing refrigerator

I know there have been posts of people who tear apart a dorm fridge and put the guts into the ice box. Not the best solution but perhaps better than just bungee cording in a dorm cube fridge. By the way if you want to try this you have to make sure to get one with the coils on the back, not the ones with the smooth back. This way you keep the appearance up but get AC refrigeration. I think for many people who only day sail it is a good option.
12-10-2012 09:33 AM
karenmroberts
Re: AC fridge

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Originally Posted by ahab211 View Post
I've used an AC fridge and left frozen chemical ice packs in it when away from shore and a cheap inverter will work off your batteries in a pinch. For a hundred bucks it's a cheap fix.
Me, too! From one who can only afford old boats ... I've used Dorm frigs on two different boats and they never rusted. I'm sure if you submerged them in salt water they would but that's not likely and even if they did you're only out $100 bucks. I do not have the money for such luxuries. The only thing about dorm frigs is they need to have breathing room. They are not designed to have the backs enclosed so just be careful where they are stored. For a day sail, I just keep the door closed and never have a problem. Generally there are just drinks in the frig and nothing that will spoil over a day outing. Dual voltage frig means larger draw on house system and now upgrading battery banks, blah, blah, blah, the 'boat that Jack built'. Guess it comes down to what are you using the boat for and what's in your wallet???
07-02-2008 08:55 AM
wchevron pub911 you nailed it on the head. it would be nice to have a few cold ones sitting waiting for me. after all the responses i think i'm going to have to go with the marine fridge. now i know what to ask for christmas.
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