The RSE icemaker complimented the refrigeration already on board the Billfish 735 – adding a bit of luxury when overnighting.
For a month or so we trialled the RSE 12-volt DC icemaker on our latest project boat – Fishing News – a Billfisher 735.
It is a compact unit (297mm wide x 367mm deep x 378mm high) that sat comfortably behind the helm station in the recessed third bunk. If you were building a vessel from scratch, a more permanent home could be found in the initial build. It weighs 8.7kg all up.
The thing that impressed me with the unit was its output. It made 12kg of ice in 24 hours. It takes only 6-14 minutes per cycle, depending on the tray size – nine cubes per tray with an option of three cube sizes.
It was a simple matter of filling the water reservoir and then hitting the right button and ice was soon produced. The Icemaker has an easy-to-use touch control system and incorporates a removeable ice bucket.
Power draw is not excessive. We had the unit plugged in via a chord to a 12-volt outlet on the dash, a temporary measure. If I was putting a unit into a new build, it would be hard-wired in to the power circuit via the switch panel.
RSE say the unit draws 5.5 amps when making ice and 6.4 amps when ‘harvesting’ ice.
The elegant stainless steel design makes the 12V RSE Icemaker a great accessory to any motorhome, caravan or launch.
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