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Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair By Nigel Calder

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair

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Explains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities - even the necessities - of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. This book explains how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.

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Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair by Nigel Calder

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 Pleasureboats explains 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 Pleasureboats provides 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.

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"Iceboxes, compressors, condensers, expansion valves, everything you were wondering about." WoodenBoat

About Nigel Calder


Niger Calder is the author of Marine Diesel Engines (1987, 1991) and Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual (1989, 1995), the success of which has made him the most sought-after marine how-to writer in the U.S. and U.K. He has published more than 800 magazine articles in SAIL, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, Yachting World, etc., and lectures on cruising to sell-out crowds. He is also the author of The Cruising Guide to The Northwest Caribbean (IM, 1991) and Cuba: A Cruising Guide (Imray, 1996). He will be testing his newest ideas with his family during a six-month cruise to the Caribbean and South America this winter.

Table of Contents


PrefaceIntroductionOzone Alert and Update, 1994One: The Refrigeration Cycle: How It WorksTwo: Iceboxes: The Key to Determining What Size Refrigeration Unit You NeedThree: Refrigeration ChoicesFour: Cold Plates: The Limitng FactorFive: Compressors: The Heart of a SystemSix: Condenser: Ensuring LiquiditySeven: Expansion Valves: The Brain of a SystemEight: Putting Things Together: Avoiding Liquid Slugging, Flash Gas, Pressure Drop, Seizure, and Other Diseases of the CirculationNine: System ControlsTen: Charging, Testing, Fine Tuning, and Performance AnalysisEleven: TroubleshootingTwelve: Compressor OverhaulAppendix One: Summary of Unit Sizing ProceduresAppendix Two: Useful DataAppendix Three: Useful BooksAppendix Four: Useful AddressesAppendix Five: Abbreviated GlossaryIndex

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GOR003411421
Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair by Nigel Calder
Nigel Calder
Used - Very Good
Hardback
International Marine Publishing Co
1990-12-16
192
0071579982
9780071579988
N/A
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