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    Marine refrigeration

    Just curious how many of you guys do marine refrigeration work ??Type ships,tugs,yachts etc.? AC/refer ? Researching the idea of branching out .According to some of the local Tug companys and Ship agents the Chief engineers onboard most vessels don't want to mess with the stuff.My insurance would go up due to the increase in liability also the hours would change due to the arrival and departure times of the tugboats and ships .Im talking about strictly ice machines ,refer boxes, small chillers ,bay maries ,etc. not any cargo refer boxes or cruise ship work .Thanks for any input good or bad. Jim
    Would the last person to leave NJ please put out the lights

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    had to do a comp change in a yacht one time. told my self that would be the last time. nothing like being crammed in the hold of a boat next to the diesel engine.

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    They say no worries. I like working on boats, but I always worry about dropping my tools in the water getting off and on the dock. It is like a community and if one guy likes you they all call you. The thing I usually find is a problem with the boat or shore power and not the equipment. The best are the casinos or sightseeing. If your not finished before it's time for the cruise you can enjoy the ride and get paid
    “If You Can Dodge A Wrench You Can Dodge A Ball”

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    I agree I've done a couple of small ac compressors what a pain in the a-- .I was thinking more on the lines of the bigger commercial stuff.Do you think there is that much of a need to keep the lights on ??? Or do most companies have contracts with the big guys??
    Would the last person to leave NJ please put out the lights

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    Smile

    I have worked on boats from 30 to 250 feet, changing compressor, piping, walk-in installation anything and everything. Boats do have their issues when it comes to repairs, keel coolers, small spaces, etc. But it is a market that most people do not want, falling overboard seems to make people feel funny. I did a lot of USCG work here in Maine, it pays well and really the work is not bad, just different. Getting a 25 ton semi on board can be very interesting, but that is what cranes are for.

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    Closest I've gotten to "marine" refrigeration is the lobster tanks in that national seafood restaurant chain!!

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    I used to do that on an aircraft carrier,that had plenty of room.Im just not to much into the going out with the boat anymore.I guess I like women and beer to much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biblepoet View Post
    Closest I've gotten to "marine" refrigeration is the lobster tanks in that national seafood restaurant chain!!
    I've walked by a couple of tanks also anyone have any idea what kind of setup they use ??? type of gas etc. just curious?? Thanks Jim
    Would the last person to leave NJ please put out the lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by james264 View Post
    I've walked by a couple of tanks also anyone have any idea what kind of setup they use ??? type of gas etc. just curious?? Thanks Jim
    They typically use R22 although some of the newer ones are using R404A. Works pretty much like a mini chiller. Water of the tank flows through a refrigerated chamber and eventually pulls the sucker down to whatever the claw like critters like (Usually 40-50 F).

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