Waeco Tropicool TC21FL cool box/Waeco Coolfreeze CDF25 fridge
Choice of equipment:
CDF25 fridge: Having saved weight in Seatern by using a lighter dinghy and a single battery, I decided to swap the cool box for a compressor fridge. This serves the same purpose, is heavier (12.5 kg versus 6 kg) but uses much less power (around 15 to 20 Ah/day compared to about 90Ah/day), and can maintain a colder temperature independent of the ambient value. The extra weight is more than offset by getting rid of one battery. It is similar in size to the cool box (slightly narrower and slightly longer) and sits in the same place in the boat. It is quieter than the cool box. PBO criticised these fridges for having the controls at the back - however it makes sense since once set it is better that they are in a position where they will not be changed by accident.
N.B. : The opinions expressed are my own after a relatively short period of use; there may be ways around any problems identified. Other users will have different priorities!