Frigoboat MS700 a Direct Replacement for the Subzero 700

May 3rd, 2017

A Frigoboat refrigerator is a beautiful piece of equipment forming a natural focal point in any galley.  The MS700 has been specifically produced to provide large yachts and power boats with an alternative to the Subzero 700, but designed for the ocean, rather than your Knightsbridge kitchen.  The MS700 is built in stainless steel, inside and out, has fiddle upstands on the shelves, secure slam latch catches  and is supplied with a fixing system to ensure it is locked and safely secured in position for roughest passages.

MS700 Subzero 700 replacement

Frigoboat’s marine quality and standard with all the Subzero 700 functionality

There is no compromise on the performance of the Frigoboat MS700 fridge freezer either.  Dual compressors ensure that the fridge and freezer are operated individually, giving precise temperature control to maintain your food in the optimum condition, whether fresh or frozen.

Key Features:

  • Separate compressors maintain optimum conditions for both refrigerator and freezer, so no air moves back and forth from one to the other.
  • Highly insulated cabinet and tropical condensers ensure the best performance, wherever in the World you cruise.
  • Hidden slam latch handles, ensure a good seal is always achieved and the refrigerator is secure when the boat is at sea.
  • Door seals are removable so can be replaced/renewed when required.
  • Heated door seals reduce risk of condensation in high ambient or humid conditions.
  • The interior shelves are all height adjustable with fiddle upstands.
  • Supplied with three standard shelves and a wine shelf.
  • Polished stainless steel bottle holders in the door
  • The digital thermostats allow full control of each compartment making it easier to optimise the refrigerator to your precise needs.
  • Thermostats have the option of a Celsius or Fahrenheit display.
  • Power supply 230V 50Htz or 60Htz
  • Supplied as standard with brushed stainless steel doors with hidden latches, but also available as an integrated unit to be fitted behind your own galley doors.

Frigoboat equipment is built by hand and every unit is extensively tested to ensure reliability.  Designed to stand the test of time – like the Subzero 700 it is a true design classic, but unlike the Subzero 700 it is fully optimised for use on the Ocean.

MS700 front view G62800 inside

Follow the link for full details of the MS700 on our website or email us for CAD drawings or further technical details.

Finding the Vitrifrigo spare part you want

April 28th, 2017

Use our new exploded drawings (with part numbers) to find the Vitrifrigo spare part you require.

To find your Vitrifrigo spare part, go to the product page for the fridge or freezer that you are looking to find a spare part for.  At the bottom of the page you will find the exploded diagram under downloads. Simply click the link to download and open the PDF exploded diagram.

Vitrifrigo exploded diagram

Identify the number of the part you wish to purchase then find the stock code and description in the information list (see below). Once you have the part number for the item you require, enter it into the search box at the top of the Penguinfrigo website.

Vitrifrigo spare partsPlease Note: It may be necessary to scroll down to the bottom of the list of information displayed to find your part number details.

Click on the part number to display the product details and price for ordering.

If you can’t find the part on our website, please email us at with the part number of the Vitrifrigo spare part you are looking for and we will get back to you with the price and lead time.


Special Offer Boat Fridge Kits

March 14th, 2017

Boat Fridge Kits for just £499.00 inc VAT

The recent fall in the value of the Pound against the Euro forced us to raise our prices at the end of 2016 – however, to make sure penguin Refrigeration still offer the best refrigeration systems at the best price we have introduced three new boat fridge kits for just £499.00 inc VAT.

Boat Fridge Kits for self installation for fridge boxes from 30 – 160 litre volume

Designed for self installation and suitable for insulated fridge boxes from 30 – 160 litre volume, all components are supplied pre-charged with R134A refrigerant and assembly is easy thanks to the Frigoboat re-sealing couplings, which are very straightforward to connect and extremely reliable.  The 12/24V compressor and cooling is supplied with a highly efficient aluminum forced air condenser mounted on a stainless base with anti vibration mounts. The aluminium evaporator plate (mounted in the fridge) has a 2m pipe set to connect to the compressor and the fridge is controlled by a mechanical thermostat, which has a probe connecting to the evaporator plate to sense the correct temperature.

There are three options of evaporator plates:

Penguin 80 Litre Air Cooled Boat Fridge Kit – plate evaporator ideal for fridges from 30 – 80 litres.

Penguin 130 Litre Air Cooled Boat Fridge Kit – box evaporator ideal for fridges from 60 – 130 litres.

Penguin 160 Litre Air Cooled Boat Fridge Kit – plate evaporator ideal for fridges from 80 – 160 litres.


12V Boat Fridge Kit

So if you have been thinking about fitting a boat fridge in your boat take advantage of this excellent offer to fit the best quality air cooled system available.

Please note – these boat fridge kits are supplied with a 1 year warranty from date of purchase, but are only supported from the UK.  If you are buying a system to cruise the Med, the Caribbean or further afield, please select the full Frigoboat system for full global service support – go to our system builder for details on how to select the best fridge kit for your boat –


Is Marine Air Conditioning Essential to Cruise the Mediterranean?

March 8th, 2017

Spring is coming, the days are getting longer and the sailing season will soon be upon us.  So if its also time to get your boat organised for some Mediterranean cruising, have you got marine air conditioning on your wish list? if so, we can help.  We are offering 20% off the main Climma Marine Air Conditioning units throughout March, from the mini Compact 3.5 to the largest Compact 24, we will have the correct sized marine air conditioning unit for your boat.

When do you need Marine Air Conditioning?

While marine air conditioning is not essential for the cruising the Med, it is certainly an important consideration if you are likely to be spending any time in marinas. Anyone who has sailed or cruised the Med will know that a boat sitting at anchor will lie to the wind, so even a gentle breeze will massively help to reduce the heat on board, especially with your hatches open and wind scoops deployed.  Compare that with a marina where it is a very different experience. You are normally surrounded by high buildings reflecting the heat back into the dock area, preventing any breeze from circulating through your boat, while the sun beats down mercilessly all day.  In short, the boat becomes unbearably hot during the day and takes a very long time to cool back down in the eveningmaking it very uncomfortable to stay on board during the day and difficult to sleep at night.  So, while it is a relatively expensive upgrade, a properly installed, water cooled, marine air conditioning system will transform the boat, bringing the ambient temperature down to a comfortable level, allowing you to stay cool down below during the day and get to sleep at night.

What size marine air conditioning unit do you need?

You can run a 24,000 Btu of air conditioning unit from a 16A shore power supply, more than enough cooling capacity for the saloon of a decent sized 50 foot sailboat, so even if you don’t have space to install a generator it is still well worth fitting an air conditioning unit in your boat. The size of unit depends on several factors:

  • The volume of the space
  • The level of cooling required (normally referred to as the Temperature differential from ambient or delta T)
  • The amount of windows and glazing – a wheel house has a far higher cooling load than a sleeping cabin
  • The total number of people on board

Email us details of the boat make and model, an idea of the cabins you want to cool and where you are cruising and we will do the BTU calculation to give you a recommended BTU load for each space. We can then recommend the size of Compact unit and possible places to locate it.

Where to locate a marine Air Conditioner?

With air conditioning you are trying deliver dense cold air high up – ideally projected across the head lining of the cabin to give the best coverage of the space. This means the air grills need to be placed as high as possible. Low down outlets will free your toes and little else!  The AC unit itself is best fitted low down, for noise, vibration also for running condensate drains. An ideal location is under a bunk or seating area where the mattress or cushions act to baffle the noise, with the cold air then ducted up to the outlet higher up.  See the example below:

marine air conditioning

Typical layout

For aft cabin installations you can also look at fitting the unit in the lazarette and again ducting the air forwards and back – but be aware of where the steering quadrants are located and make sure you can get sufficient return air back to the unit.

20% off Climma Marine Air Conditioning in March

The good news is that we are offering a 20% discount on Climma Marine Air Conditioning units throughout March.  Follow the link below to find the correct sized unit, which is available as a kit or as a stand alone unit.

Follow this link for more details on the Climma Compact Range 

Alternatively send us an inquiry with details of your boat (make and model), the areas you want to cool and where you will be cruising and we can generally do the rest.  Although we don’t install air conditioning at Penguin, we supply lots of people who do, many of who will travel, so if you need a complete supply and fit we can assist.

Send us an email ( and we will happily provide you with our ideas on the best way to air condition your boat along with a quote to carry out the work.

Penguin Refrigeration Special Ticket Offer for the London Boat Show 2017

January 4th, 2017


Penguin Refrigeration - Stand 046

Penguin Refrigeration – Stand 046

We are at the London International Boat Show from 6th to 15th January 2016- Stand E046.  Time to start thinking about the coming season and upgrading your refrigeration system? or treating yourself to some proper air conditioning for those hot nights in the Mediterranean?

Special Ticket Offer

Use our promtional code EPTOL7THNY to purchase tickets from £12 valid any one day between 6-15 January 2017 (Gate price is £27 on preview day and £22 for normal days).

Stockists of the largest Range of Marine Fridges, Freezers and Air Conditioning Products

We will have a sample of our extensive range of marine DC 12 volt or 24 volt compressor fridges and freezers as well as component products to refrigerate an existing cold box on display.  Experts in marine refrigeration Penguin supply all the UK’s major boat builders, unique in our knowledge to help tailor a 12 volt or 24 volt fridge system to your specific requirements, whether blue water sailing or simply river cruising we can advise on the most cost and energy efficient options:

Also on display will be the latest Marine Air Conditioning products from Climma.  Climma is manufactured exclusively in Italy by Veco, who produce an extensive range of marine air conditioning products from the smallest stand alone Compact 3.5, suitable for a small sleeping cabin (i.e. a V berth on a 34 foot sailboat) to the latest DC inverter chillers.  Throughout the range the product is carefully engineered to deliver quiet, efficient cooling and air conditioning solutions using the best quality components within the most compact configuration possible.

Technical Advice

As ever during the show Penguin technical staff will be on hand  to help and assist, offering advice and answers to just about any 12/24 volt fridge, freezer or marine air conditioning related question.  So whether you require advice, spare parts or a new fridge system, Penguin will be able to help you.

Special Offers

We are also be running special promotions exclusive to the show including 10% discount on all Frigoboat component fridge or freezer systems bought at the show and 20% discount on all Vitrifrigo fridges freezers and AC systems, plus additiona discounts on certain other models.

We look forward to seeing you from at the London Boat Show at Excel our stand E046.  For more information and tickets follow the link below and to purchase tickets our promtional code EPTOL7THNY for prices from £12:

Click link for tickets





Vitrifrigo 20 Litre Top Opening 12 Volt Fridge

November 28th, 2016

Vitrifrigo have developed a new top opening 12 volt fridge ideal for narrow depth work surfaces in smaller campervan conversions. Perfect for models like the Toyota Granvia, VW Caddy and other conversions on smaller chassis.

12 Volt Top Opening Fridge

The new TL20 has a decent 20 litre capacity in a top opening fridge that is only 230mm deep. The internal height of 325mm allows you to stand standard wine bottles to upright.
Installation is straight forward with the compressor mounted below the fridge. The thermostat is separate and can be mounted up to 0.8m from the fridge maximise the usable space inside the fridge.

Vitrifrigo TL20 Dimensions
The TL20 uses the BD Micro, which is super quiet and 45% lighter than the standard BD35 compressor. Power consumption is a very modest 0.2A/h in UK summer time.
For full details follow the link below to the product page on our website.

Vitrifrigo Launch Super Slim 12 Volt Fridge for Campervans

November 22nd, 2016

Vitrifrigo have developed a new super slim 12 volt fridge for the latest Mercedes Vito conversion from Technoform and Wellhouse Leisure – launched at this years Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC.  The new C25P super slim 12 volt fridge has a total depth inc door of just 322mm enabling it to be fitted flush within the narrow kitchen units giving ample room for the extra wide bed that is a key feature of the conversion.

Vitrifrigo Slim 12 Volt fridge

Key features of C25P Slim 12 Volt Fridge

The C25 super slim features the BD Micro compressor from Secop, which at just 2.5kg reduces the weight of the fridge compressor by a massive 45% in turn reducing the total weight of the fridge to just 13kg.  To maximise volume of this 12 volt mini fridge the compressor and cooling unit are remote to the cabinet on 1.4m of flexible pipe allowing the compressor to mounted separately up to 1m away.

To make best possible use of the internal space, the C25P is set up as a larder fridge using a thermostatically controlled evaporator plate on the back wall instead of an ice box.

The C25P has excellent efficiency thanks to the BD Micro and Vitrifrigo’s aluminium finned condenser (design and manufactured in-house) giving typical consumption of a tiny 0.3A/h (in UK summer time).

The fridge is supplied with grey trim and door panel, which can be replaced with 1mm panel to match the conversion as you can see in the Wellhouse Liesure conversion below.  The door is positively locked using the excellent Vitrifrigo Air lock catch (with vent position that keeps the fridge fresh when not and use) and the door hinging is interchangeable, left or right.


Vitrifrigo super slim 12 volt fridge

Follow the link to the C25P Super Slim 12 Volt Fridge for full details


New Retail Prices from 1st December

November 17th, 2016

As all our products are manufactured in Italy and the recent fall in the value of the Pound against the Euro has hit us hard.  To reflect the fall in the value of the pound our pricing for both Frigoboat and Vitrifrigo products will go up on 1st December by 8%. So, if you are thinking of a new fridge, freezer or fridge system, or you need a spare part make sure you get your order in before 1st December.

Pound to Euro trend

An innovative top opening 12 Volt fridge in the latest Uberbus Conversion

May 5th, 2016

Poole based VW T6 camper converters Uberbus have just launched their latest conversion which features the Vitrifrigo C37L top opening 12 volt fridge.  The conversion is on a short wheelbase VWT6 and features their UBERBUS Flux rock and roll ribbed seat converting into a full width bed. By using a 12 volt top opening chest fridge, installed by the sliding door, Uberbus have kept the interior looking open and uncluttered while ensuring that the fridge is always easily accessible.

12 volt top opening fridge

Positioned by the sliding door allows you to easily access the 12 volt fridge from outside the van or under an awning. With the addition of their kitchen unit which attaches neatly on the side allows you to cook alfresco with the fridge and cooker side by side – see image below.

12 volt fridge with cooker

At night the full bed is easy to set up and covers the whole width of the van with the mattress cushions running down the side and over the top of the 12 volt fridge lid. However, the mattress is set up to allow you to easily lift the corner to get to the milk for the morning cupper!

Bed over fridge

Installation of the Vitrifrigo C37L 12 Volt fridge

The C37L has a remote compressor and Uberbus have mounted this behind the fridge by the wheel arch. It requires 144cm2 ventilation in and out of the compartment that the compressor is located. This can be achieved with vents back into the living space and/or with floor vents through the vehicle floor allowing cool air from under the vehicle to be drawn up to the condenser on the compressor. This is particularly good if you have any plans to take the van to the south of France or beyond where the ambient temperatures are higher.

So How Efficient is this 12 volt fridge?

So what about power consumption?  In UK summer 25 degrees Celsius we would expect the C37L to consume at little as 1/2 an amp per hour. The compressor will run at 2.3A and should only need to run for around 15 minutes in the hour to maintain 4-6 degrees in the fridge.  This would equate to about 12-14 amp hours in 24 hours so with a 75 amp hour battery (37 hours of power), you would have more than 72 hours of power to run the fridge before you need to put any charge back in the battery. So even with a relatively small leiaure battery you have more than enough power to park up for a long weekend of surfing, cycling or simply chilling out!  Add a 40W solar panel to the roof and you will generate enough power in the day to run the fridge indefinitely – how cool is that!

So if you are thinking of a conversion and conversion with bed sized maximised, but still giving you decent fridge storage and cooking options, either within the van or under the awning contact Clough at Uberbus. Or if you are looking for inspiration for your own conversion then check out the Vitrifrigo 12 volt fridges top or front opening via the link below:

New Steel Lock Locking Catch for Vitrifrigo Drawer Fridges and Freezers

March 31st, 2016

Vitrifrigo have introduced a new stainless steel positive lock for their entire drawer range.  A significant improvement over their original South co supplied slam latch catch, Vitrifrigo have now designed their own unique ‘Steel Lock’ latch for their DW Drawer Series. To open the drawer you simply pull up on the ergonomically designed handle to release the catch.  When the door is closed the latch will automatically engage, with a reassuring audible click as the drawer is secured.

Vitrifrigo Steel Lock Catch



For details of the Vitrifrigo DW Series follow the link below: