I know that living without refrigeration was not an option for me. Furthermore, I wanted a freezer onboard, as the thought of living without, or buying bags of ice wasn't something I was ready to do. The boat had a barely working refrigeration system and a non-working freezer when we took possession. The fridge was replaced with a SeaFrost unit before she left Rhode Island. Almost a year later, we installed the freezer.
Since then, we've been learning to live with these conveniences and it's not as easy as just plugging them in. The learning curve has been steep but I think we're getting the hang of it. My original thought would be that I would put defrosting both units on a schedule. Weekly, Monthly, whatever... That didn't seem to work. The time between defrosting seemed to vary with the weather, where we were (dock or anchored out), how full the box was, and how many times we opened the doors. There is no way to put this on a schedule.
|I just defrosted it so it's cooling back down|
We have noticed that when the fridge is full and airflow is restricted, we have trouble keeping all parts cool. We have a cute little fan that will be installed as soon as we figure out where we want it. This should help keep things more consistently cool.
|Defrosting with a hair dryer seems fastest|
We have lined the hull side of the box with insulation that has greatly increased the unit's ability to keep things frozen.
We have learned that he way items are placed in relation to the freezing plate is important. Keep things, like meat, that really need to be solid closer to the plate and low in the box.
|Newly defrosted and ready to go again|
I'm sure we will continue to refine our method as the need arises, but things seem to be settling into a routine that works.
Leave a comment if you have other ideas that will help us make food storage more efficient.