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Randell 'Randy' Kocurek

Thanks for the info and tips.
Just for the record Seafrost's rep did call back and very politely lead me through several options since they still support their equipment. One is 12 v. One is to salvage the old R12 engine-drive system with new compressor, etc.., the other is to convert to 134a refrigerant with a whole new engine-drive system less freezer plate (Seafrost says they almost never fail and are easy to check) at a total cost of $1600. I like the latter option, perhaps.
So, Steve, how does the Frigoboat keel-cooled reefer work, exactly? Are there any through hull fittings to deal with. What does keel cooled mean exactly? How hard to install? Is it a 12v system or what?
Also, Jim, the Glacier Bay system sounds intriguing. Especially since a lot of people seem to be going to 12v systems and Seafrost even slightly tended to favor that recommendation. Is that the key? Get the box as right as possible and then the most bang for the amp? Sounds like Glacier Bay may be worth it? About how much do they cost? I;ll have to go dig up your article. Thanks.
What about life expectancy of the units?
As for the engine-drive system, I seem to have plenty of hp with a new engine, and running engine seems to be something I'll see a lot more of than I originally expected. Yet, the system does clog up the engine room and has more ties into the water cooling system, a source of potential leaks and trouble, not to mention zincs to maintain.
Thanks for all.

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