Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1990-12-22
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
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You've just spent a day on the water under a sweltering sun. You sit back, enjoying the seclusion of a remote anchorage, lulled by the rattle of ice in your cold drink. A pretty picture, but a rare one aboard cruising boats.A house is never without its utility umbrella, but when you pull your boat's shore-power plug you're on your own. Even good refrigeration systems use a lot of energy. And bad ones? Erase those ice cubes from your tropical fantasy.Refrigeration for Pleasureboatsexplains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities--even the necessities--of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. Whether you're off for two days or two years, you must balance the highest possible cooling capacity with the lowest possible energy consumption. Calder explains clearly and logically how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.Boat refrigeration systems are phenomenally expensive. A modest refrigerator/freezer system, professionally built and installed, can cost more than $4,000. Yet these units can still have unpleasant side effects--such as killing the boat's batteries.Refrigeration for Pleasureboatsprovides all the step-by-step information an amateur needs to design and build a custom refrigeration unit that will cost far less than half the price of an off-the-shelf unit and will likely run better with far less drain on the batteries. With Calder's maintenance and troubleshooting tips, you'll be able to keep it running for years to come and keep those ice cubes tinkling in that frosted glass.

Author Biography

Nigel Calder, a diesel mechanic for almost 20 years, is also a boatbuilder, cabinetmaker, and machinist. He and his wife built their own cruising sailboat, Nada, a project they completed in 1984. His books, Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual, Marine Diesel Engines, and Repairs at Sea, and his articles for magazines such as Yachting World, Ocean Navigator, and National Fisherman have helped tens of thousands of boatowners deal with mechanical problems at sea.

Table of Contents



Ozone Alert and Update, 1994

One: The Refrigeration Cycle: How It Works

Two: Iceboxes: The Key to Determining What Size Refrigeration Unit You Need

Three: Refrigeration Choices

Four: Cold Plates: The Limitng Factor

Five: Compressors: The Heart of a System

Six: Condenser: Ensuring Liquidity

Seven: Expansion Valves: The Brain of a System

Eight: Putting Things Together: Avoiding Liquid Slugging, Flash Gas, Pressure Drop, Seizure, and Other Diseases of the Circulation

Nine: System Controls

Ten: Charging, Testing, Fine Tuning, and Performance Analysis

Eleven: Troubleshooting

Twelve: Compressor Overhaul

Appendix One: Summary of Unit Sizing Procedures

Appendix Two: Useful Data

Appendix Three: Useful Books

Appendix Four: Useful Addresses

Appendix Five: Abbreviated Glossary


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