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Old 03-28-2015, 10:45 AM   #21
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Forget the great anchor debate, let's debate best coolers.

The best cooler I "Never" bought was a 12v cooler by/for Porsche.
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The neighbour put it out on the street as surplus to his needs. He had never used it. I picked it up for free. We keep it in the Pilothouse and plug it into the 12v cigarette receptacle and we used it a few times to keep bevies and lunches cold while travelling. It draws more power than we like while on the hook though so have stopped using it.


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Old 03-28-2015, 10:59 AM   #22
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Another good ice chest company is Frigid Rigid. I've seen these coolers hold ice for days too.
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:29 PM   #23
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Huge debate on the fishing oriented forums, such as The Hull Truth. Every bit as much or more as anchors are on cruising forums if not more so, as those guys use coolers intensively. Big love / hate divide on Yetis. Engels, Frigid Rigid, Pelican and a few others are major high end competitors.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:00 PM   #24
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So, I read the sales pitch on the Frigid Rigid. Certainly doesn't help on price point. Do like the USA made aspect. Anyone with real world experience regarding weight and performance ?
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:27 PM   #25
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No debate, YETI!
My cooler is self righting with it's weighted base and custom roll-bar. It's massive wheels and husky shank exude "heavy duty". Cools the first time, every time, no matter what the temp or terrain. My cooler can beat your cooler up.
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Old 03-28-2015, 11:31 PM   #26
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:24 AM   #27
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:59 AM   #28
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I bought a K2 a couple of yrs ago based on a comparison report and have been very happy....(Looked but couldn't find it again)
Actually the BEST RATED & BEST BUY was the Coleman Xtreme - only reason i didn't go that route was I wanted it to occasionally serve as a seat and the Coleman didn't fit the bill.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:02 AM   #29
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At the risk of drifting the thread...
(I don't think an anchor thread would ever go w/o a comment on rodes?!?)

What is better... BLOCK or CUBE ice?
WHY?
DO YOU HAVE ANY DATA OR JUST OPINION?
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Depends on the size of your glass JUST OPINION THOUGH
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:10 AM   #31
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Larry, you're the Mark Twain of TF.....I really enjoy your posts.
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Has anybody converted a yeti into a drivable yet? Ala. cruzincooler.com ?
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I was gifted an Engel, which I feel is a quality cooler, especially the build. The ice holding for the Engel is the same as my Yeti as far as I can tell. For the money the best ice holding is the Coleman Xtreme 5 Marine. They perform almost as well as my expensive coolers but are at least 1/3 the price, build quality is just not as good but repair parts are available.
As for keeping things cold longer, big blocks of ice last longer, with frozen jugs of water working best for me. I can use the water in the jugs for drinking water in a pinch and I can by gallons of drinking water at the store that is safe/ sealed then freeze them at home.
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Has anybody converted a yeti into a drivable yet? Ala. cruzincooler.com ?
I resemble that remark ! I think.
But good idea. I can see the duct tape, old washer for beer, Yeti Tote for seat, ....
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I have been very satisfied with our present storage facility for ice. You can go for weeks at a time and still not run out of ice. However, if we need ice for more cold storage, dry ice in the 112 quart cooler lasts a very long time.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:34 PM   #36
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Another good ice chest company is Frigid Rigid. I've seen these coolers hold ice for days too.
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My dingy is a Rigid Boat made by Frigid Rigid. It is exceptional. The seat is a Frigid Rigid cooler with a pad and backrest. I haven't used it as a cooler yet but can tell you it is exceptionally well made. It is the only fiberglass cooler of all the high end that I know of. Ask me in the summer and hopefully I will have some use as a cooler.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:35 AM   #37
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We have only used ours a couple times . We got it for Christmas . We like it a lot but I don't think we would have spent that kind of money on either of the Yeti's we have . They were both very nice gifts from our kids. The soft cooler is built as rugged as the hard cooler . But if something was to happen to either one I would probably bone up and get another . They both keep ice longer than anything I've ever owned .
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We are more the soft cooler type, as our primary use is to load in the dinghy and take to the beach. Secondary use is for trips to Costco/Sams to stock up on meats and frozen goods. I'd recommend two to look at that we have been very happy with.

The one we use the most is this Arctic Zone Ultra, that we found on a seasonal deal at Costco. For use at the beach the "table top" feature is great, as is the little hatch that allows you to grab a drink without opening the whole lid (very handy in the car too). Plenty of storage on the sides for coozies, lotion, etc. Well constructed, it has taken a real beating over the past three years. Buy "Ice Cold Ultra Cooler 50 Can Arctic Zone Table Top Lid Blue Black Folds Flat California Innovations NEW" online

We haven't conducted an ice holding contest yet, but the Norchill coolers are terrific values and very well made; a lot of people think they are the best soft sided units, pre-Yeti at least. Great company to do business with, we have a cheap depth finder from their Hawkeye sister on our dinghy, and their glasses cleaner wipes are great too.

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Old 03-31-2015, 12:19 PM   #39
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However, if we need ice for more cold storage, dry ice in the 112 quart cooler lasts a very long time.

In the spring of 2010, my brother and I went on an 8-day fishing trip through the California Delta. I only had a small Norcold fridge at the time and needed to use a large cooler for the week's food.

I had pre-cooked most of the meals in the week before the trip and froze them in plastic bags. We set up our 3-partitioned 165 qt Igloo cooler with 4 large 12"x12"x2" dry ice squares, 3 frozen one gallon water jugs and lots of food sorted and stacked in order of use to minimize digging. All dry ice was wrapped in newspaper and placed on wood to avoid damage to the cooler. Our goal was to keep everything frozen for as long as possible, hoping to last the entire eight days with little or no refrigerator use.

One section without dry ice served as a refrigerator so items there would not freeze. It worked pretty well, except for the cantaloupe. It didn't freeze, but when we ate it, something seemed wrong but we couldn't put our finger on it right away. Finally it dawned on us...the cantaloupe was carbonated by the dry ice! It was an interesting experience. I need to try that again with a rum-spiked watermelon!!

All food remained frozen through Day 6, and cold through Day 8. The 3 one-gallon frozen water jugs still contained approx. ˝ ice at the end of the trip. The dry ice cost about $40.
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