How To Install An Ice Maker On Your Boat

photo of icemaker by Capt. Vincent Daniello

Adding big-boat fishbox ice to a small sportfisher.

More and more, outboard-powered fishing boats in the 35- to 40-foot range are equipped like their larger brethren, including crushed ice makers plumbed into fishboxes. Dometic recently scaled down their Eskimo Ice Makers to just a 16-inch cube, making them ideal for small-boat installations. We recently installed a 250-pound-per-day ice maker on my brother’s 35 Contender.

Location is the single biggest consideration, and planning how the ice delivery hose runs from ice maker to fishbox is the overriding factor. “You want just one single high spot between the ice maker and the fishbox,” warns Rich Meister, Vice President of Gulfstream Marine Air in West Palm Beach. “Every time that hose goes up the machine has to strain to force ice up that hill. We’ve replumbed ice-delivery hoses and seen the current drawn by that auger motor drop by two or three amps.”

This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.