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270 icebox conversion

Discussion in 'Mid-Size Boats' started by Sailfish03, May 29, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    9,227 posts, 2,421 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    VERY happy.

    The duty cycle is very low. Really hard to tell, because when on AC shore power the box goes down into the low 30s, and slowly warms to 40 on DC power over a day. You can make it colder as a setting, but then you turn off the smart controller feature. My unit on freezer mode will freeze my box down to 6 degrees.
     


  2. bawlmer

    bawlmer

    Joined Sep 15, 2013
    455 posts, 67 likes
    Catalina 270
    270 Mystic US Baltimore
    Awesome. Thanks for your response. I am going to pull the trigger on this purchase.
    @Sailfish03 - I will report on my progress. Hopefully that will help you to pull the trigger too!
     


  3. bawlmer

    bawlmer

    Joined Sep 15, 2013
    455 posts, 67 likes
    Catalina 270
    270 Mystic US Baltimore
    I measured my icebox more carefully this time and determined the GE80-SX is on the hairy edge of my 2.8 cubic foot icebox capacity. I think I am going to get the 2010-SX. It has 4.4 cubic foot capacity and smart power management. It draws slightly more max amps (3.5 vs 2.5) but I think my batteries can handle it given the sailing I do.
     


  4. Spooled Again

    Spooled Again

    Joined Dec 27, 2012
    398 posts, 41 likes
    Precision 22 (Sold), O 240 (Sold), Precision 28
    US Somers Point
    I’m considering picking up a conversion kit over the winter. Is it possible to use the bottom of the ice box as a freezer and the top half of the ice box as a refrigerator?
     


  5. bawlmer

    bawlmer

    Joined Sep 15, 2013
    455 posts, 67 likes
    Catalina 270
    270 Mystic US Baltimore
    I did a lot of reading in the last week on this subject. You have to use it as fridge unless you get a particular type of evaporator coil. It looks the same as what you would find in a cheap residential fridge. The freezing happens inside that compartment. Everything outside is a fridge. You can use the 2010-SX as either but you must set it and have a very small well insulated space to use it as a freezer.
     


  6. Spooled Again

    Spooled Again

    Joined Dec 27, 2012
    398 posts, 41 likes
    Precision 22 (Sold), O 240 (Sold), Precision 28
    US Somers Point
    Thanks, Steve
     


  7. bawlmer

    bawlmer

    Joined Sep 15, 2013
    455 posts, 67 likes
    Catalina 270
    270 Mystic US Baltimore
    Conversion complete. It took a long afternoon which included a trip to West Marine and a nice lunch. I installed the evaporator, control, separate temp sensor and compressor. The box is getting cold. I did not dress any wires yet as I may have to visit the DIP switches again. The voltage where the unit senses a charging source may need to be changed. IMG_20180715_154938290.jpg IMG_20180715_155010454.jpg IMG_20180715_154905752.jpg
    I will be back next weekend to see how it is doing. All in all it was a pretty straightforward install.
     


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  8. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,667 posts, 735 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Nicely done!
     



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