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Re: Best cold ice maker in small boats
We have the ubiquitous (it seems) Uline ice maker. It runs on 100v, so only when plugged into to shore or the genset runs.
It makes more ice than we've ever been able to use for the most raucous party. When out cruising, where we are almost never at a slip, we find running the genset for 60-90 mins each morning and night is enough to keep it frozen. It will melt a bit, so you are constantly breaking it up.
The other trick we've learned is to pour a few inches of water in the bottom of the tub and freeze it, before turning the water on to make ice. This creates a solid block that holds temp better and, as I said, we've never needed the entire bin of ice anyway.
I wish they made a 12v DC - 110v AC combo unit, especially one where I could manually decide whether I wanted to use the DC to run the freezing unit. Sometimes, when we have guests aboard, I don't want the genset running, but would love to have the ice maker cold.
If anyone is familiar with a combo unit, I'm interested.
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