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 Posted: Tue Sep 25th, 2018 03:38 pm
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Can anyone tell me if buying a small ice machine 110v is a good idea and cheaper than a 12 volt fridge.Hoping this would be a cheaper alternative to keeping things cold on my little boat and use my 2 100 watt panels ,1500 watt inverter and 2 new batteries.

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I tried one of those little ice machines on my boat. It is not so much the power consumption as it is the air temp and density. First batch of ice melts before 2nd batch was ready. Tried it inside the boat cabin, outside, in the shade, etc. They only really work well in an air conditioned house.

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thanks for the reply Chad.Guess a 12 v fridge is the way to go ?

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Probably your best bet for this area....

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The ice that table top icemakers produce is not very long lasting ice. Really intended for adding to drinks, and that's it. And in the research I have done on them, they are notorious for having a short life expectancy. Didnt seem to matter what brand. Reviews on Amazon were uniformly bad.

Go with a reputable AC/DC capable fridge. Most last a long time. Some even have separate freezer sections. All are expensive. The ones with the former Danfoss (now Secol) compressors are quieter and draw slightly less than the Sawafuji/swing compressors.

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thanks Hook.I tend to agree.I will look for an Engel when going through Quartsite.You never know what you,ll find there ?? So Hook , sounds like you were in my neck of the woods chasing the big springs ?? Never saw so many Americans coming to the island to fish.Did they close Oregon and Washington for salmon ???

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If you ever need used or salvaged boat parts...... Good Stuff I have used them much in the past


http://www.minneysyachtsurplus.com/

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barniclebobca@yahoo.ca wrote: thanks Hook.I tend to agree.I will look for an Engel when going through Quartsite.You never know what you,ll find there ?? So Hook , sounds like you were in my neck of the woods chasing the big springs ?? Never saw so many Americans coming to the island to fish.Did they close Oregon and Washington for salmon ???

Oregon and Washington were only recently closed, as I understand it. But they may have had closed seasons during the summer, too. I read that the chinook and steelhead spawning returns were really low this year.



I seem to remember a news article about 1-2 weeks ago where the US and Canada agreed to limit salmon fishing fairly dramatically, in the coming years. Supposedly this was to include the commercials and the Indian tribes. This was for salmon that were designated as Columbia River drainage fish and Puget Sound fish, which apparently is a lot of salmon that go up BC to Alaska. All salmon species were included, I believe. It seemed like a big deal, from what I read. 


I found the article. Appears that the US and Canadian governments still need to approve this agreement, so it isnt law yet.


https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/environment/article218604075.html


I got my limits of springs and cohos, but it's really getting tough to catch halibut and lings with the new regs from the last two years. They had not opened the sockeye season when I was there. 


However, Canadians who were staying in camp with us (Wildwood RV Camp) said they couldnt believe how many halibut the commercials were offloading at that processing plant at Port Hardy. Little wonder a legal halibut is getting rare. But we dont fish any farther out than Pine Island or the Buckle Group, really. 


Seriously, the talk around camp among Americans and Canadians who have been going there for many years is that it's not worth it, if you cant supplement your salmon with rockfish, lings and halibut. 


I think we caught more springs this year on Coho Killers than on the trolled anchovies with the helmets and the tandem hook rigs.


Where are you at?

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Im usually in Parksville but have been working in Nanaimo.Just retired this summer  so next year I plan on hagging around Tashis area, depending on the smoke from the big fires.Have asthma so cant handle smoke.If you want halibut you need to go to the west coast to the 7 mile drop.Thats were the commercial boys fish.I was one of them in another life  ha-ha

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troll while on Sail???

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is that a quiz ?? 

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I am shopping for a 22' to 24' trailer sailer...

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I purchased one that trickles water into a square cube form and makes Gin-clear ice cubes.  This ice will last longer but is still not hard enough for a cooler.  Best for a nice cocktail.  The kind of icemaker that dips the fingers into the water making round ice with holes in them are not worth anything IMHO.  We make ice and freeze it in the freezer on the boat.  Great for sundowners - a must.

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barniclebobca@yahoo.ca wrote: thanks Hook.I tend to agree.I will look for an Engel when going through Quartsite.You never know what you,ll find there ?? So Hook , sounds like you were in my neck of the woods chasing the big springs ?? Never saw so many Americans coming to the island to fish.Did they close Oregon and Washington for salmon ???

Just a note, the Engels (older Norcolds are rebadged Engels) had the Sawafuji/swing compressor. Dont know about now. 


I have one in the 45 qt size. A Norcold. It is either a fridge or a freezer;  one compartment. It starts out quiet, but eventually becomes a bit noisy after being on for an hour. I use it as our beverage fridge in our truck camper and just turn it off at night. It tends to go up about six degrees overnight and makes it up in an hour, the following morning. I have a 140w solar panel on the camper, so it is nice to have solar helping it during the day and no draw at night.  But I also have a 6 cu/ft absorption fridge in there, too, on the propane setting. I use that fridge to make solid ice cubes for mixed drinks. The freezer accommodates two normal sized ice trays and we keep filling a gallon ziplock up there, too.


I have a friend with a newer Waeco and it is much quieter. His also has an automatic shutoff if the supply voltage goes below a settable temperature. That's nice.


But all the good brands are between 500 and 1200 US now. Maybe not in Quartzite.

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didn't find anything in Quartzsite.Anyone in S.C. have a 12 volt fridge /freezer for sale ??? 

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I have a 12vdc / 110vac unit with insulated jacket and floor mount for installing in a vehicle.


No idea what size but works well either as freezer or as fridge - keeps beer cold in back of truck on expeditions . ( Think maybe around 22 qt )


Was approx $1100 new , original Engel with metal case .


Will take $300 for whole setup.


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im @ marina seca in the dodge with camper parked out front.Stop in since I don't have a phone.If im working on the boat its SV Windseeker until Wednesday then in the water and over to dock g ??? slip 30.Very interested if its an Engle .

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I will be @ the camper from 3 pm if you want to bring the cooler buy??

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Will come looking for you - in Red Jeep Wrangler :)

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thanks Ian.That should keep the beer cold !

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