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Old 04-27-2016, 06:47 PM   #21
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My wife wants to get a Vitrifrigo but I think the money would be better spent on more electronics! What say you TF?
Marital politics. Won't go there. Very dangerous ground. (Except, perhaps, to very subtly,suggest that.....Renee has to put up with you so she deserves something is return and you already got a new boat and some cool electronic upgrades and her immediate minor desires might be in your best long term interest). Just saying.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:53 PM   #22
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Renee has to put up with you so she deserves something is return and you already got a new boat and some cool electronic upgrades and her immediate minor desires might be in your best long term interest).
OK...point taken but you don't have to yell!
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:56 PM   #23
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OK...point taken but you don't have to yell!
Mea culpa amigo.
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Old 04-27-2016, 08:40 PM   #24
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We have a Tundra T-80 that no one supports anymore. It has a Danfoss compressor. It keeps frozen stuff frozen and refer stuff at 35-38F but the compressor runs 60-80% of the time @5 amps DC. The seals are still tight. I turn off the power at the breaker about 9PM and back on at 7AM otherwise it would just run all night. Refer temps still stay less than 45F. Anything we REALLY want to keep cold go in the Frigid Rigid chest. That holds ice for days without power.
Way back all we had was an Igloo 77 qt chest and a couple blocks of ice. No power use and it only needed ice every 3 days. We used the Nevercold for dry storage.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:57 PM   #25
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We like our Vitrifrigo 2600. The auto ac/dc change-over unit failed after about 5yrs & I was told this is common. Very expensive to replace so we didn't, just run off DC now. Even so, if we could get a domestic AC fridge that would fit the space, we would. Auto-defrost not available on boat fridges (AFAIK); domestic fridges have superior insulation, much cheaper and 25% cycle times vs 50% on boat fridges. (We have a decent inverter of course to make this possible.)
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:37 PM   #26
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Our Tundra T-80 failed last summer and we replaced it with the comperable 8 cu ft Vitrifrigo. It has worked really well - we're quite happy with it.

We bought ours from Defender. Their price was the best and they got it to the yard we were at in 2-3 days from calling them. Incredible service.
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Our Tundra T-80 failed last summer and we replaced it with the comperable 8 cu ft Vitrifrigo. It has worked really well - we're quite happy with it.

We bought ours from Defender. Their price was the best and they got it to the yard we were at in 2-3 days from calling them. Incredible service.
If not too personal, mind posting the shipping cost , ballpark good enough, and where to....

Might go the same route and have it shipped to the Cape May area.

Also...was it stock or drop shipped freight?

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Old 04-28-2016, 03:20 PM   #28
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If not too personal, mind posting the shipping cost , ballpark good enough, and where to....

Might go the same route and have it shipped to the Cape May area.

Also...was it stock or drop shipped freight?

Thank you.
I asked Karen - we don't remember the shipping cost. It was reasonable. It was to Chesapeake, VA. I don't really know if it came from Defender or was drop shipped. I know Defender has a lot of stock on things like this. We just called and they provided all the prices and time estimates. It just all worked much easier than I imagined it would.
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:31 PM   #29
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Stick in a domestic GE and decent size inverter.
That is how I would roll!!!!! Looks great and I bet it works great. Not to mention frost free!!! And cheaper!!! Anybody want to buy a 3yo Norcold???...
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:36 PM   #30
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That is how I would roll!!!!! Looks great and I bet it works great. Not to mention frost free!!! And cheaper!!! Anybody want to buy a 3yo Norcold???...
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Make sure to consider power use especially if you like being at anchor a lot. We were just anchored in the Bahamas for 10 weeks and it was very nice only needing to run the generator once a day, if that.
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It would cost us at least a couple of hundred thousand $$$ to install one of those monsters as we'd have to buy a significantly larger boat to accommodate it.

Dear, how would you like that beautiful, big, new boat fridge you've always said you wanted to make your galley life easier?

You miss the point, go buy a refrigerator, then shop around for a proper boat for it
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:25 PM   #33
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You miss the point, go buy a refrigerator, then shop around for a proper boat for it
I thought that was my point.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:41 PM   #34
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When comparing power consumption, the number of amps draw really doesn't tell the story. The duty cycle is just as important, and unfortunately is often not available. If possible, look at the energy star sticker which will tell you how many khw it will typically consume in a year. I have found the stickers to be pretty much dead nuts on compared to actual use. Unfortunately the info is spotty when you get into mobile units, but it's still worth a try. You might be surpisd by the results.
Yes.

But 5 amps is the draw, but it's only 50% of the time. Thus the Defender mentions 45 watts which is probably about right for that model.

I have two one freezer and one fridge and TOGETHER they use 5 amps an hour or 5 amps x 12 v = 60 volt-amps per hour or 60 watts per hour.

both my units are EXTERNAL compressors, which reduce consumption a bit.

Lastly, I love them, as they are very consistent. The freezer stays +/- 1 degrees at -04.F, the fridge is at warmest setting and stays at 41F

On amazon you can get a dual remote wireless temp unit for about $25.

Lastly, in my research, Vitrifrigos are all made in Italy, while the almost identical Isotherm are made in both Italy and China.
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I have a stainless box on my boat and I was thinking about the Isotherm unit that sits in the engine room and has a sea water cooler.

Has anybody used one of these?
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I have a stainless box on my boat and I was thinking about the Isotherm unit that sits in the engine room and has a sea water cooler.

Has anybody used one of these?
Not sure if we have the same set up. Are you talking about a Eutectic system.?

We still have the original system the boat came with, although with new copper lines compressor & condenser. We looked at replacing the unit, however its ability to reduce temperature quickly is second to none, so we stuck with it.Probably would not fit out a new boat that way though if we were starting from scratch.
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Not sure if we have the same set up. Are you talking about a Eutectic system.?

We still have the original system the boat came with, although with new copper lines compressor & condenser. We looked at replacing the unit, however its ability to reduce temperature quickly is second to none, so we stuck with it.Probably would not fit out a new boat that way though if we were starting from scratch.
This is the system I am referring to.

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Old 05-03-2016, 03:34 PM   #38
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Well, it must be the season for fridge replacements. I got to the boat today to replace the house and start batteries and found my Norcold DE441 has died. It had been making noises for the last month or two so I knew something was up. It's about 15 years old so probably not worth repairing, right? Besides, it took out my frozen bait supply so it doesn't smell too good right now.





I'd like to remain with an AC/DC model so I'll also be looking at replacement options. Dwhatty, can you share cost and size data on your 2-drawer model? IIRC, that was north of $2K, right?

I'll also be considering this Vitrifrigo as a replacement option. It looks like it'll have more room than my Norcold but fit in the same cabinet space. I'd prefer a wood panel insert, but maybe my old one can fit??

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Old 05-03-2016, 05:13 PM   #39
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Dwhatty, can you share cost and size data on your 2-drawer model? IIRC, that was north of $2K, right?
By $42. Including shipping. On Sale.
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Two of the best days on my last boat were when I put the PIA worn out sliding glass door in the dumpster, the other when I put the Not Cold, the next day on top of it.
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