Best Boat Fridges

Hi guys. Not having a fridge aboard the boat is very inconvenient. I enjoy cooking very much, but I don’t do a lot of it aboard the boat and that’s mainly due to the fact that I don’t have a fridge. When I had originally planned my two live aboard tests, I figured that by this time of year I could simply leave the items that require refrigeration outside of the boat and just use mother nature as some sort of giant fridge. Earlier today, it was nine degrees Celsius outside. That’s crazy hot for this time of year, so out of pure desperation, I’ve tried bringing one of these alone. This is a thermal electric cooler, meaning that it doesn’t have a compressor. These are pretty horrible. At least the ones I know of are pretty horrible. They all seem to have similar drawbacks in that they can’t cool below 20 degrees Celsius under the surrounding temperature, meaning that if you were to bring that box out on a hot sunny day was 30 degrees outside, the temperature inside the box wouldn’t go under a 10 degrees Celsius.

That’s way to hot for a fridge. Number two, they take a really long time to cool down whatever you put inside of them. And number three, they are extremely noisy. Now, originally I had planned on postponing the decision on whether or not to… I wanted to put a fridge inside of the boat until after I had my second live aboard test, until after I had figured out if I wanted to move aboard the boat on a permanent basis. But considering how much more comfortable I’d be aboard during my second live aboard test if I had a fridge, I think I might want to reconsider. So I’ve taken a quick look at the alternatives and I’ve identified two alternatives. I haven’t bought anything yet so you guys can sway me a little bit in either direction. Now having said that, I am heavily leaning towards option number two as you can probably tell by the title of this video.

Option number one is going to be a cooler box with a compressor. So sort of like this one, but only with a compressor. I could keep it in the quarter birth. And I guess one of the upside is that it’s easier to install and I could bring it along with me to my next boat if I should ever upgrade to a bigger boat. Option number two is to convert my brand new, very well insulated icebox into a fridge. That would save a lot of space inside of the boat and, judging by the small size of my icebox and by how well insulated it is, it wouldn’t require a lot of energy to keep it cooled down. Also, a big plus would be if I ever wanted to sell the boat, I’m guessing having a built in fridge would be a good thing. I don’t think I’d get my money back, but it might be easier to find a buyer for the boat.

If I want to convert the icebox into a fridge, I’ll need to find a suitable kit and the amount of suitable kits available are going to be highly limited by the small size of my icebox. So the first step is to measure the internal dimensions of the icebox to see if I can find a kit with a cold plate that would actually fit inside of my tiny icebox. So let’s head over and take some measurements. So here we have my icebox. As you can tell, it’s rather small. Now this is a two liter bottle, and as you can tell, there’s not a lot of space in there, but I think that’s okay because I don’t really need a lot of space inside the fridge. I’m not going to keep many items in there. So I think it’s going to be okay. But the icebox is built out of these 50 millimeter thick blocks of foam and these foam blocks are actually made specifically for this purpose.

But let’s go ahead and take some quick measurements. So that’s about 30 centimeters and that’s about 35 and then we have a lip of about 2.5 centimeters. When looking online, there are two possible options. There’s either this Isotherm one or there’s this Waco one. Now the Isotherm one has a slightly larger cold plate at 35 by 25 centimeters. Whereas the Waco one is 27 by 24 centimeters. But the Isotherm one is actually $100 cheaper than the Waco one. I’ll add links to both of them in the description and I’d love to hear which one you guys would choose. The cheapest one of those two kits is just under $500 and that is a lot of money for such a small fridge, but having an abroad for my second live aboard test would be a big step up. I don’t really see using the thermoelectric cooler box as an option because it’s really not possible to sleep when it’s on.

I guess I could build some kind of enclosure for it out in the cockpit and keep it out there. But also, having a real fridge aboard would be a big, big, big step up when the going cruising this summer. As you can probably tell, I’m sort of leaning towards ordering one of the two kits. But I’m going to think about it for a couple of days and see if I still want to do it then. But I’d love to hear what you guys think I should do. Okay guys, I’m going to take Eucharid for a walk. So that’s it for this time. As always, feel free to leave a comment and if you’ve enjoyed this video, please consider giving me a thumbs up. See you.

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… Seem to have the similar drawbacks. I had planned on postponing the decision and… Led me to enjoy the second live aboard test a little bit more and just… Yeah, I don’t know what to say.