Some yacht owners look for cold drinks on a hot afternoon while sailing. People need to keep perishables fresh for longer voyages. Irrespective of the need, the selection of a proper yacht fridge freezer is essential to a properly equipped galley.
When selecting among different models and brands of yacht fridges, there are a few aspects to consider that would help to narrow down your decision.
You want a boat fridge with the maximum capacity to keep all your perishables. However, you don’t need to waste money, space, or energy in getting a unit that is too big. When looking at a marine refrigerator’s size, you will need to consider outside dimensions when judging the fit into your galley and the inside dimensions when determining capacity. The insulation will create a substantial difference between the two measurements.
Your options for size will probably be restricted by the interior space available on your yacht or boat. If you have a small craft you won’t have the room, or likely the need, for a large refrigerator. Measure the area where the unit is going to be installed so you don’t waste time looking at fridges that are too large.
Once you have a maximum outside measurement, you need to consider capacity. If you use your boat for short trips around the bay you probably won’t need more than a 15- or 20-liter unit. A recreational trip for fishing may require a larger marine fridge to keep the catch on the trip back. A large vessel that is used for multi-day trips will need even more storage as you will be depending on this food for survival rather than for snacking.
Do you need a freezer or will a simple refrigerator suffice? A boat fridge freezer can be loaded with a thermostat with lower-temperature, allowing them to use as freezers instead. This may be a luxury or a necessity depending on the purpose of the refrigerator. As with size, remember that lower temperature means more power use.
Is your yacht’s electrical system able to meet the power demands of the unit? If you want to run your yacht fridge for long periods when the engine is off then you have to evaluate your battery capacity. The power demands of refrigerators, as well as other high-power items like microwave ovens, will require at least one deep cycle battery to keep everything powered.
Boats require dedicated boat refrigerators. Other little non-marine fridges are accessible and a few suppliers are lured by the lower cost, yet these units will really cost you more in the longer run. They don’t hold up to the destructive impacts of the marine climate and will require incessant substitution.
Even boat refrigerators are sometimes built of inexpensive materials that don’t last. Look for valuable materials such as anodized aluminum, which are rustproof and remain away from cheap plastics that are breakable in case the boat hits the rock.