This week is the first week of our stay-cation and we have spent
most of it removing the old refrigeration system and working on the
preparation for the new system. And I thought I'd be sailing this week...
Out with the Old
The old condenser pulled air from the cabin and it would allow it to pass over the condenser coils and then exit behind the primary battery bank in the engine room. When motoring for long periods of time, the engine room would get quite warm and reduce the efficiency of the condenser and the entire system.
|The old cold plate has been removed from the ice box. The four holes |
were connections to be condenser/compressor, two for the original
engine-driven unit and two for the 12-volt unit.
The Mount for the New Unit
|I clamped the lid of the old condenser/compressor box to a board that bridged the |
area, along with a 3/4-inch thick spacer to make sure that the new unit
cleared the plywood base for the quarter berth,
|The completed support for the condenser/compressor |
box for the new refrigeration system
Increased Storage Area
|Relocating the condenser/compressor box opened up a lot of |
space under the aft section of the quarter berth.