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Steve & Vanessa

Having good insulation is key. That said, the last mod I did was to pull the refer system out of my boat and replace it with a new 12volt Adler/Barbour Super Cold Machine.

The old Fleming hold-over plate system took up a lot of room in the box. It was a dual circuit system (engine drive and 110v electric) which was great in that it could freeze the whole box down in 30 minutes flat. However it was very noisy and the electric half very inefficient. I did learn a lot about refrigeration with it, but got tired of fixing it all the time.

The new variable speed 12v compressors are very efficient, super quiet, and work great. Mine draws around 4 amps and doesn't run very long. It has a raw water loop on it for more efficient cooling, but I haven't found the need to hook it up.

The compressor is surprisingly small. I installed it in the engine room. I think it cost me $1200. So, if I have to replace it in 8-10 years, it's ok, as it beats the hell out of finding and hauling ice.

One thing I won't compromise on aboard is cold drinks.

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