Do houseboats need a marine refrigerator, won't a regular fridge work on house boats?
What's best, a regular fridge, or a marine refrigerator?
I'm new to house boats, but wondering why a marine refrigerator is so expensive on houseboats? Won't a regular fridge work in its place?
To save some money, couldn't we just use a regular home fridge, and just connect it to an 12volt inverter, and plug it in at the dock?
The other thing is, those boat marine refrigerators are so small, that my wife would like me to put in a regular full size one with a big freezer.
There must be a reason why, I just don't see it. Maybe someone can explain it.
Any information would really help, Thanks Louis S. Reply - Answer
Well Louis, I can understand your confusion about marine refrigerators and regular home type fridges.
There is no simple answer, yet marine refrigerators can make a substantial difference in regards to performance and power consumption. Yet they do cost more, and generally are smaller in size.
If your houseboat has a marine fridge already installed, however it is not functioning properly or needs repair, I would recommend trying to get it serviced or repaired.
The marine refrigerators have an automatic voltage control system that toggles between 12 volts DC or 120 volts AC. What
this means is that there is no difference between operating it at the dock on shore power, or out on the lake and running it off of your house batteries.
Also, generally speaking, the marine models used a lower consumption compressor which will pay for itself in longer run times, which means longer anchor times away from the dock.
If you don't presently have a fridge on board, and want to try and save some money, you can used a home style fridge, yet you will require a 12v to 120 v inverter to convert your house battery power to your regular 120 v household current needed by the regular refrigerator.
In closing, if you're looking for more information on marine models, or where to get one serviced, have a look at these following page.Houseboat marine refrigerators, what kind of fridge to buy, and where to get them serviced?Lastly
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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats
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