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FAQ: Refrigeration


Can I run my Adler-Barbour refrigeration unit
away from shore, on battery power?

The short answer is no, unless you've significantly upgraded your batteries. According to Ron Hill, C34 National Association Technical Editor, the Adler-Barbour unit draws 60 amp hours per day (Feb 1988); the correct cycling time 5-7 min on, 10-12 min off, 24 hours per day (Nov 1988).   Many owners have increased the size of their battery AMP hour capacity to support refrigeration.  Most have also changed and upgraded the charging system in varying degrees (Ron Hill). 

Important: The opinions expressed here are those of the individual contributors to this page, and not those of the Catalina 34 National Association or Catalina Yachts, Inc. Additionally, this material has not been reviewed by Catalina Yachts, Inc. for technical accuracy. This page's maintainer cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or the desirability of suggested modifications or upgrades. Please obtain assistance from a competent marine mechanic or boatyard prior to making any significant modifications to your vessel.   

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