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Old 12-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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Does anyone have these installed and have any advice? I want to install a single plate on my 40' cc in the cooler, and 2 plates in the fish box.
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I don't fish so I don't really know what you're trying to do, but I do boat and like cold beer. You may find my brine brick helpful? The 'brick' will stay below 30 for 6 days with my freezer unplugged.
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Does anyone have these installed and have any advice? I want to install a single plate on my 40' cc in the cooler, and 2 plates in the fish box.
Do you have a generator? The refrigeration units use a lot of 110V power and otherwise would require a massive battery bank and inverter set up and suitably large alternator capacity.

If you can remove your fishbox and cooler, you can send them to Cruiseair and have them wrapped with coils and insulated with a quick disconnect on the refrigerant lines. Then you need to mount the condenser some place and plumb it to a through hull.

I have only seen these on inboard Diesel boats with generators -- but they are a great thing to have.
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We just installed that exact set-up in the CC' we just finished. The unit and plates are from Dometic. We have a generator to power the set-up, two fish box plates and a cooler plate. It's a nice feature but it doesn't come cheap.

You basically need all the chiller plates, a condenser unit (or two depending on the size of the plates.) Thermostats, plumbing for the plates, and thru-hull plumbing for the condenser.

I have the specifics and pictures if you are interested
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I have a small cold plate in an ice chest that serves as my fridge (the chest is built in). It runs on 12v power, but again, the plate is relatively small (18x24") so the condenser isn't under that much load.

It works great, anything I lay against it will freeze solid and everything else is very cold but not frozen.

I think the vendor is frost king or something like that. I can look it up in about a week, I'm travelin.
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I know Dusky in Dania makes these as an option for their boats. They have one running a cooler /freezer in the factory. You may want to give them a call or stop by.
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Honda EU1000i quiet inverter generator, the size of a sewing machine - $800...way less ($90) if you don't mind the stink and noise of a cheaper Harbor Freight model.
Danby 3.6 cf chest freezer (>100 qt) - $160
Nothing else to buy...will run on the water or on the trailer for a few bucks a day.
Both portable and can have many other uses including coffee maker, small electric heater, power tools...
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I had a custom ice-maker underneath my rocket launcher that would spit ice directly into my fish box. The compressor is still in the boat, and runs off of boat batteries (4) with inverter. Can anyone post pictures of theirs? Any problems with freezer plates? I am trying to eliminate having ice melting when fishing and traveling to Bahamas.
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We just installed that exact set-up in the CC' we just finished. The unit and plates are from Dometic. We have a generator to power the set-up, two fish box plates and a cooler plate. It's a nice feature but it doesn't come cheap.

You basically need all the chiller plates, a condenser unit (or two depending on the size of the plates.) Thermostats, plumbing for the plates, and thru-hull plumbing for the condenser.

I have the specifics and pictures if you are interested
If you could please send specifics, that'd be great! Thanks
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Sea frost make great cold plates


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You might want to check this out: http://www.thehulltruth.com/parts-fo...ice-maker.html

Eskimo is the best in the biz as far as ice makers go
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We have made several freezers and refrigerators for boats using Eutectic plates. We happened to use Dole commercial plates, because of their efficiency and construction. There are thousands of trucks using these plates. However, they are galvanized--so you might want to go with SS covers--at least for the fish box plates (although the Dole plates are used in commercial fishing boats for catch storage).

You can get a Eutectic solution which is best for freezing or for refrigeration. We used both 110 V (220 in several larger units) compressor, and an engine driven (York) if dealing with inboards. We found that with good insulation, that 2 hours of run time a day were enough to keep the freezers at 15 degree temp, with zero degree Eutectic plates.
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I have them in my Grady and they work great, i am very happy with them.
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