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I need Best cold ice maker in small boats. Can anyone suggest the best?
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Re: Best cold ice maker in small boats

How much money are you willing to spend and what power source do you have to use to operate it on?

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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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Re: Best cold ice maker in small boats

We use vertical ice cube trays in our evaporator of our super cold unit by Adler Barber. We always have three full trays if we need it for our smoothies and cooling drinks.

Were are 35 ft and don’t have a generator.
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Re: Best cold ice maker in small boats

There are small table top Ice Cube makers on Amazon for around $100. They operate off 120 volts. Buy a small pure sine wave inverter that converts 12 volt to 120 volts that meets the Ice Makers wattage rating and you are good to go. Some also have USB outlets to charge your other electronics. Bonus!
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There are small table top Ice Cube makers on Amazon for around $100. They operate off 120 volts. Buy a small pure sine wave inverter that converts 12 volt to 120 volts that meets the Ice Makers wattage rating and you are good to go. Some also have USB outlets to charge your other electronics. Bonus!
The problem with those units is they have no refrigeration systems to hold the ice. They do indeed make ice, but unless you want to spend several hours moving the ice to a freezer in small quantities, you aren't going to have very much ice after a while. At least in the tropics.
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The problem with those units is they have no refrigeration systems to hold the ice. They do indeed make ice, but unless you want to spend several hours moving the ice to a freezer in small quantities, you aren't going to have very much ice after a while. At least in the tropics.
My experience has been once the unit gets going it produces plenty of ice for a small boat's needs. Maybe not if you have a large crewed boat or party on the boat. But, for use during the day and boat drinks at sunset it's fine.
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Re: Best cold ice maker in small boats

I had one years ago, but not used on a boat.
They do require attention when you are in needing ice mode.
Ambient temp is huge on performance...and attention required
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The problem with those units is they have no refrigeration systems to hold the ice. They do indeed make ice, but unless you want to spend several hours moving the ice to a freezer in small quantities, you aren't going to have very much ice after a while. At least in the tropics.
A buddy, who had no refrigeration aboard, bought one of these several years back. After a few decades of hauling ice in a cooler/icebox, it was like magic for him. He was elated.

However, it seemed it did little more than keep up with his and his wife's immediate ice needs. I got the sense that it was adding a few cubes to a beverage, not filling a glass with ice. I never saw it in operation, only got the excited texts.


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For what purpose do you want ice?

For years I would freeze a 3-litre bottle of water and use this to keep my food cold. After it melted I could drink it. It wasn't much good for frozen drinks though.

I currently have a Dometic 50 quart refrigerator/freezer aboard. It can be set to any temperature from 0F up. It is powered by 12VDC or 120VAC. I keep it at 33F and uses about 12 a/h per day once it reaches that temperature. It will automatically shut off if the battery bank drops below a set voltage. It is VERY quiet. Beer and milk are kept cold, but still no frozen drinks for me.
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