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Old 04-01-2013, 11:22 AM
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Default Guys looking for Cooler replacement this year any recommendations? Insufishent Funds

Guys im looking to replace all of the coolers on our two boats this year.... whats everybody else using and why. we need to carry ice for long periods of time from multi-day Bahamas trips to overnighters in the canyons. we have older SSI and Iceyteks that have seen better days so its time for some new gear. we use 65qt, 120qt, and 240qt today.


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I have a 250 qt igloo yukon cold locker. A little pricey but worth every cent.Would not trade it for any other cooler.
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I have had an Engel 240qt for the past year and have been very pleased with its performance. It is sturdy and holds ice well for overnighters here in South Louisiana.
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Engel is one of my top choices and will be checking them out this weekend
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Check out boating magazine article from last month...very interesting...those high priced coolers are not any better than the Coleman/Igloo...hard to beat coleman exttreme but I HATE the coleman hinges...so, I go with Igloo..

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I gotta tell ya i have a half dozen of the cheep walmart coleman 128 qt coolers $53 every day of the week each and i get a few seasons out of them things. Wicked Short money and disposable..
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The best at keeping ice and holding up is a Frigid Rigid. Ive got a 400 qt one that was on my Venture for 15 yrs and you can hardly tell. heavier than the rest but keeps ice far better
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im looking for the hi end coolers for both durablilty and performance im yet to have an igloo or a coleman hold up to our tournaments. everything is purpose built with that in mind igloo and coleman are good coolers just not for the beating i put on them.....
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yea man, frigid rigid is a nice cooler and so in engel. You cant go wrong with either.
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Well, i'll go ahead and throw a vote out for Yeti. I think one of the big advantage to me is the durability. I think that we can all agree that pretty much all of the high end coolers will hold ice pretty well, especially if filled/packed pretty full. I moved from the east coast to arizona the middle of last summer and packed both coolers in the back of my truck and 2-3 lbs of dry ice in each. Everything was still frozen solid when i made it to arizona 4 days later and there was still enough dry ice to play with.
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We have a large frigid rigid we use as the drink cooler on the sporty. The ice retention is awesome but for the price it better be.

Extremely durable, nice fiberglass construction, but it is not a light cooler.
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I have Rigid frigids that have been in service for 15years. Engel, Yeti and some others can compete with the Rigid Frigid for ice keeping but the Fiberglass construction of the Rigid Frigids make them nearly indestructible. None of them are cheap.......having said that the Rigid Frigid is by far the heaviest so you won't be tossing them around in the cockpit, but they are as stong as the boat....maybe stronger.
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Another frigid vote ---- I have a 300 and it is awesome. Using block ice, summer Bahamas trip over a week, large cubes a week, transfering ice daly. Gelcoat finish, a working piece of art
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Igloo marine. Easy/cheap parts to replace. Lots of solid blocks key to long retention. Like quart/gallon milk jugs with screw caps.
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Originally Posted by DreamCatcher14 View Post
We have a large frigid rigid we use as the drink cooler on the sporty. The ice retention is awesome but for the price it better be.

Extremely durable, nice fiberglass construction, but it is not a light cooler.
No drink cooler that is opened that often will give you good ice retention. I run two identical FR 95q coolers. Drink cooler needs ice every day, food cooler will damn near freeze fillets.

I love my FR's but like you said, they are heavy as hell in bigger sizes
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YETI !!!!!
Buy it ONCE !!!!
Canyon Fish Bags with NU-ICE !!!!
http://nu-ice.com/
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Ive got the 250 qt Yeti on the deck of my 36 Hatt, works for me
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I have an Icey Tek for 10 years and its da bomb, but honest to goodness, I've seen Igloo Coolers from Walmart hold ice very well too.

IMHO, it's not rocket science. It's about the thickness of the foam.
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Originally Posted by frugal boater View Post
Igloo marine. Easy/cheap parts to replace. Lots of solid blocks key to long retention. Like quart/gallon milk jugs with screw caps.
Good suggestion. We also get a few solid blocks of dry ice and put it at the bottom covered with a towel or small tarp. Keeps the ice another couple of days.
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Yeti

Frigid Rigid if weight is not a issue.

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