Refer System


I’ve just put my C&C Landfall up on the hard for the season and will be refitting her over the next year. I noticed that you have decided to go with putting the keel coolers for your refrigeration in the freshwater tanks on the FPB’s. Sounds like a wonderful idea. I have two keel coolers with my system right now and now think I might consider your idea. Do you have any recommendations? Tank size, corrosion issues with dissimilar metals, contamination, etc. Also, do you have any input on refer/freezer boxes?

Just finished your meteorology book last month. Very well done. I was excited to see that Steve is a sailplane pilot! I think it mentioned him soaring somewhere out west? I’ve been around the sport for years and it was nice to see someone compare the two disciplines. Lots in common. Very cool.



Hi Mike:

To use a fresh water heat exchange tank with the fridge keel coolers you need a metal hull. The FRP hull of your C and C would not dissipate the heat quickly enough.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 27, 2009)

2 Responses to “Refer System”

  1. Bo Leonard Says:


    Does this work on a steel hull boat considering it’s thermal dissipation is less than aluminum?


  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Yes, hull coolers work with steel. However,you have to adjust the tank surface area for the difference in heat transfer.