Key to Finding the Right Boat Fridge
If you are a boat owner, you will definitely understand what it is like to kick back and relax after a few hard hours at the wheel. Being a sea farer can be unbelievably taxing and yet unbelievably rewarding, all at the same time. And the value of that cool, soothing drink after those gruelling hours at work, putting your feet up and watching the sea calmly keep you afloat, the setting sun at the horizon – this is what the good stuff is supposed to be like.
Now imagine if there wasn’t a drink to satiate your thrust in this scenario. Or worse, the drink wasn’t cold..
That beautiful mental video just came to a jarring pause didn’t it?
Every sailor appreciates having some materialistic comforts to keep himself/herself pampered on board their vessel – at least as much as that can be managed safely and practically on the boat. And a state-of-the-art boat fridge happens to be top priority for each and every one of them. If you too are looking to buy the appliance for yourself, here are a few pointers to help you make the best purchase.
- Unlike on land, where a philosophy of ‘the bigger-the better’ usually applies, marine refrigerators are usually preferred small. It should have the capacity to store all of your perishables but it should also economise on space. And in the ‘storage/space’ trade-off, I’m afraid ‘space’ usually wins.
- Dimensions of your boat fridge should be selected to fit your galley. Buy the appliance that actually fits your boat as well as your requirements. If your vessel is small, chances are you will select a smaller refrigerator, not just because of the space constraints but also because your storage needs aren’t that big.
- Refrigerator storage capacity will be determined according to the kind of the kind of use you will be putting your vessel to. Simply put, if you take smaller trips around the bay you wouldn’t need to store supplies for more than a few days. In such a case, a 15- or 20-liter unit should serve you well. A fishing trip will need a slightly larger unit to store the catch. Larger trips however will need bigger storage as you will be depending on these supplies to survive.
- In case you feel you might need a freezer on board as well, go for one of the combo marine refrigerators that come with retrofitted low temperature thermostats. But remember that a low temperature refrigerator will need more power to run.
- Next you will have to examine the electrical system of your boat and find the appliance that suits it. You have to understand that the boat fridge will be running for long periods of time, even when your vessel’s engine is turned off. So check whether the battery on your boat is up for the job of handling the power requirements of your new refrigerator.
If you need more information about marine refrigerators, be sure to visit the website Coolersnthings.com.
About The Author
Sam York is a sailor and expert at marine appliances and boat fittings. He writes many interesting articles and blogs about how to make perfect choices when it comes to boat appliances. He recommends CoolersNThings.com as the best place to buy marine refrigerators, air conditioners and more.