Nova Kool Refrigerator

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bjgin
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Nova Kool Refrigerator

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We have a 2004 PDQ 34 power cat. It has the original Nova Kool refrigerator. It still works, but think we should just bite the bullet and buy a new fridge before we head to the Bahamas this coming Feb. 2021. Has anyone replaced theirs and, if so, what did you get? Also, how did you get the Nova Kool fridge out of the boat and a new one back in??

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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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There is a lot of correspondence on this forum about refrigeration on our boats and many suggestions about how to improve performance. Some ideas are as simple as not overpacking the fridge with food all the way to improving air flow around the rear of unit by adding an external exhaust fan. Prior owner of our ‘05 had already put a new novacool refrigerator in and we did ALL the other suggested modifications and still have only barely acceptable refrigeration. We can manage easily enough (including Bahamas), but next move would be to an entirely different brand I think.

Fridge removal is pretty easily as it just pulls out. Challenge will be finding correct form factor with a different manufacturer. Let us know what you find!
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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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hi,

one note of caution. if your 2004 has the old style galley and dinette you may not be able to remove/replace the unit without doing some cutting of the settee back. when we replaced ours we had to cut about a 1' section out of the back and then re-glass after new one was in. we removed all cabinetry above the sink, fridge door, etc. we tried to rotate the unit so that the corner of settee went inside fridge and it still didn't fit.

also, if you have to cut do not re-glass until you've run the new one for a couple of days. our replacement would not get down to temp and so novacool had to send another.

before you do anything, as nick says, search the forum. there are tons of posts on the fridges. spend some time on russ/twin sisters stuff.
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bjgin
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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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Thanks for your comments. What year PDQ power cat do you have? Also is it possible for you to email us pictures of the dinette area you are talking about so we will know if we'll have the same issues. Our email address is nc-mtns@att.net.

Thanks!

BJ and Ginny

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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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We decided to go ahead and order the Nova Kool fridge. It probably won't arrive ar our marina until late Sept. We're not sure what challenges we'll have when it's time to remove the old one, then install the new one. We'll have to face those issues whe the time comes. :|

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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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It is true that in the Bahamas getting something that big shipped in is almost impossible. So getting a new one in the US is a good idea. Another approach is to carry a 12V DC cooler like and Engle or ARB. Plenty of room under that big table. Easy to run wiring from the galley.

Are the Bahamas back open? We did not go last year because of the virus.

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Re: Nova Kool Refrigerator

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The Bahamas did open last month. Then about a week ago they declared that no one from the U.S. can come there. We're planning on going late Feb. 2021, so sure hope it opens back up by then.

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