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    Looking to buy a new cooler? Watch this video:-gctid348337


    Port: Sassafras River Georgetown, MD Bayliner 2000 2855 7.4

    http://www.chart.state.md.us/video/v...50fa36c4235c0a

    #2
    Good INFO........ THANKS!!

    BUCKANEER

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      #3
      I had a feeling the IRP would outlast all of them. They are AWESOME coolers.

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        #4
        I know it looks like a good test, but I have seen guys with the Engal's out on the water, and my Igloo still has ice at the end of the weekend when they are asking if I have room in the cooler. I suppose it really depends on the model and size, as well as the type of ice you use, but still a cool video!

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          #5
          The most important part for me is easy access and cold retention. Definitely the Coleman Extreme for less than $50. (probably $30 at Walmart) Access is easiest of them all. Only one that did better was the super high end IRP with the built in cutting board but heck it weighs in at 30lbs empty and costs close to $300. (probably never discounted more than $20-$30)

          I happen to own the coleman shown, just did not realize it could kill a Yeti.

          Nice to see the actual real life tests which really show what's happening, thanks for posting.
          Cheers, Hans
          2007 Carver 41 CMY
          Twin Volvo D6-370
          Montreal, Canada
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            #6
            I like the test also and no longer want a high end cooler. The Coleman did pretty darn good. The time to open was a good thing to see also. One thing I would a liked to see was the old style Coleman metal boxes with the turn style stainless latch.

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              #7
              One thing I forgot to mention... While the IRP has the best retention times and outperforms most of coolers except for its weight, I have never seen any merchants specializing in marine products carrying it (i.e., West Marine, Defender). I wonder what the reason for it is. I've never seen them at boat shows either. They are either missing a huge market opportunity or there must be something about the cooler that makes it less than ideal for marine use. Their web site doesn't even suggest marine use.

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                #8
                Jeez - I was about to drop $$ on a big Igloo - now I'm re-thinking....
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                  #9
                  I have the stock igloo that came with my boat and one of its newer 5 day coolers. The stock one outperforms becase it can drain its water, otherwise they both suck if their now draining water out, it shaves days off the ice.

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                    #10
                    I've been happy with one of those Coleman Extremes, but I don't think it fits in the cooler spot on the 3055. Need to measure. The boat cooler is a wreck.

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                      #11
                      i''ve been struggling to spend that kind of money on a cooler but for me it less about ice retention (2-3 days max is all i need) but i want one that will last, forever. I want to bolt it down and make semi permanent but dont want extra holes in 3 years when the cheaper one wears out and the top starts sagging.

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                        #12
                        most of the melting occurs as you open and close it multiple times while outside in the heat of the day....sure the insulation thickness is the reason the high end ones savce ice longer.....the cost is the thickness (less usable space or oversized cooler for same space), weight and well the COST.

                        I think the reach thru lids offer a better option - ease of access, less exposure to heat when accessing etc.....

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                          #13
                          Very good & useful info. I have other requirements for a (Trophy 2002 model) boat cooler. I eliminated the 2 jump seats, so my cooler has to have:

                          1. Length as close to the size of the Splash Well as possible.

                          2. Built in Ruler (Inches & Metric for Canada).

                          3. Snap on seat cushion

                          The cooler in that position encourages people (weight) to sit on the center line of the boat thereby assisting in balancing it without messing with the trim tabs. I also screw on one of those West Marine Pliers/knife holders just below the center latch. Makes catching and boating a fish a whole lot handier, and it is out of the way/access to the fish wells.

                          I use the 54 qt igloo.

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                            #14
                            No matter what cooler you use, you can easily extend the life of the ice in it if you use dry ice...

                            Typically, the cooler will lean toward one side on your boat. Hopefully, your drain is on that side. The other side is where we will drop in a 5-8 pound hunk of dry ice wrapped in plastic to keep it clear of water. We keep all frozen items under the dry ice and the other side will have our beverages, veggies, and ice, etc that don't need to be frozen. We can easily go 7-10 days with our Igloo Marine 72 qt cooler. We leave the drain partially open so it only drips, not drains. We find Fred Meyer and Albertson's in our area has dry ice and when we arrive in Nanaimo, we know of another dry ice provider there to replenish what we lost.

                            Keep in mind, we have our cooler on the swim step and not in the cabin...
                            Doug ;}
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                              #15
                              Go Aweigh2452 wrote:
                              No matter what cooler you use, you can easily extend the life of the ice in it if you use dry ice...

                              Typically, the cooler will lean toward one side on your boat. Hopefully, your drain is on that side. The other side is where we will drop in a 5-8 pound hunk of dry ice wrapped in plastic to keep it clear of water. We keep all frozen items under the dry ice and the other side will have our beverages, veggies, and ice, etc that don't need to be frozen. We can easily go 7-10 days with our Igloo Marine 72 qt cooler. We leave the drain partially open so it only drips, not drains. We find Fred Meyer and Albertson's in our area has dry ice and when we arrive in Nanaimo, we know of another dry ice provider there to replenish what we lost.

                              Keep in mind, we have our cooler on the swim step and not in the cabin...
                              some good info - thanks....
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