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Old 03-11-2013, 06:53 AM
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This cooler will keep a case of drinks cold for two days with very little melting.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:15 AM
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The ARB fridges are sweet, lots of guys I used to offroad with had them.
FYI- exact same thing as an Engel.

I'm not sure the Yeti coolers are worth the $$$.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:50 AM
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We got a coleman to replace an older coleman last year. Thing was alot better on holding things cold than the old one but I agree that opening/reopening is going to kill any ice in any cooler. If I know we are in for a long day I put a cubic ton of ice in mine and just rotate in beers as the day goes by. If you are on 2 or 3 day trips the arb would be great. I just can't find the justification for a 350 dollar cooler that is 10x heavier to load/unload every other day.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:38 AM
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Those extreme cooling options sound neat but I really dont think they are a viable solution for most boaters. If a person regularly boated Powell or other super remote locations it might almost make sense. Those "mid" to high level coolers are really desigened for preservation of expensive contents not beers.

High end units might hold ice longer than cheap coolers in preservation tests, but a boat cooler is used differently. Drinks of less than ideal temp are often dumped in which is a negative. Then the lid is opened 50 times in an afternoon which will lose cool with every opening.

Choosing a decent cooler is a good starting point. Look for one with insulation in the lid, not just dead air. I have had good luck with Igloo marine Cube. They are tall enough to sit on and have more volume per sq foot of floor space. I can make it 2-3 days exposed in 90-95deg heat as a drink cooler when set up as I detail below.

The biggest problem may be the ice used! Most commercially produced ice is tubular. This is very efficient to produce as it basically slides along a chilled outter and inner wall and is extruded as ice in a continuous process. It is fine for liquid cooling where the liquid can touch all surfaces but AWFUL for cooler ice. The hole is inefficient taking up space and allowing an air space that warms every time the lid is opened. Also, ice out of the store often starts "warmer" than home ice.

Make your own solid ice and it will last much longer. I have a dedicated upright freezer that makes ice in the bottom drawer. This is solid cubes and good for drinks but solid chunks are even better.
We freeze milk jugs solid then slam them on concrete or hit with a 15" crowbar on the boat. Utility knife down the side opens the jug if it has not split already. The tiny crushed ice falls down between cans and bottles very tight yeilding more ice and colder ice in a given space.
The bottom layer usually refreezes into a solid chunk to start the day.
We save milk jugs year round and usually start the seaon with 3 large leaf bags full of empties. Those combined with what we empty on a weekly basis will take us though the summer.
We boat almost every weekend and go though 5-7 gal; 50# a weekend easy.

We also keep our beverage refrig just below freezing, this will not usually freeze items but does start drinks with a good chill. Sometimes beers in the back are a little slushy if I am off a little on temp but those just go to the bottom of the cooler for use later in the weekend.

Finally, for big food weekends one cooler is dedicated to food only. Unbroken jugs keep things cold without the risk of water damge due to melted ice. This cooler is not opened as frequently as the beverage cooler so it stays cooler and lasts longer.

For those counting, that is 3 refrig/freezers; Kitchen, Beverage, and deep freeze. A person could get by with just two frig/freezers but we get a side of beef and stock up on frozen grocery items so the 3rd is well utilized.
All total there is electricity used but $$$ saved in ice and time saved not stopping for ice provide a positive ROI. Grocery money saved is a bonus.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:58 AM
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Thanks for the replies fellas. Great information / ideas. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:00 PM
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Only problem I see with Yeti is for the same footprint they don't hold near as much... It would be great if I could fit one where the stock cooler is. Our problem is with the side cooler and the bow cooler we still can never even come close to having enough room.. Only thing maybe a yetti under the radio area just to store the extra ice for the day but then we lose the storage room for the boards if we need to get them out of the way to tie up...
I agree. With the thicker walls, the inside space is smaller and won't hold as much.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:01 PM
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You cant go wrong with either. They are the best of the best. I have friends that have both and they couldnt be happier.
The ARB is well know to the off roaders around the world. Built to last.
The YETI is the gold standard to coolers and is well known with outdoorsman, hunters and fisherman.
Both are expensive but this is "You get what you paid for". Which one do you think you will get?
FSKOF, not sure which one I'll get yet!
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:01 PM
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Could buy an ice maker for your house fridge freezer and use it as a constant cheap source of ice. If so, then maybe go with the Yeti...you'll be buying less ice too...Save the space in the bow.

On the flip side, i like that power cooler. I wonder whether you need to look at the batteries / charging systems impact of a constant draw...no worse than a hopped up stereo...

In either decision, Id suggest looking at thermos type cups for passengers to stretch the life of the ice once it is outside the cooler, this limit spills too.
KahunaCraft, GREAT ideas on the cups. Thermos cups all around.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:06 PM
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We have a Yeti. It's very heavy duty. But it has a couple of drawbacks. First, the walls are very thick. As a result, for its size, your interior space isn't quite so great. Second, it is heavy as hell. Finally, for things like boating, where you're opening the cooler frequently, it's not going to keep the ice from melting.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great cooler. But for as much as it costs, you might do as well with a Coleman Xtreme for $30.
+1 for East TX Skier. I agree, that's why I haven't bit the bullet yet on these high dollar ones. I want to see if someone can convince me. The cost difference is easily 175-200+ gallons of fuel this year.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:11 PM
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This cooler will keep a case of drinks cold for two days with very little melting.

https://www.mastercraftbydesign.com/index_823.asp
i have one of those. works great.
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