Dometic Marine, the world’s leading manufacturer of innovative marine products, launches its new Eskimo Ice EI540D Ice Cube at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Kentucky. Producing up to 540 lbs (245 kg) of freshwater flaked-ice per day, the cube-shaped EI540D allows ice to travel twice as far from the unit to the fish box as earlier models, offering greater location flexibility on-board.
By compacting the flaked-ice into cylindrical ice pellets, the ice can travel farther without melting and produces fewer clogs for continuous ice production. The unit’s small footprint makes it ideal for smaller fishing vessels with a big demand for ice. The EI540D Ice Cube is easily installed below deck or in the engine room and ice is pushed through a flexible insulated hose up to 30 ft (9.1 m) in length to virtually any fish box or cooler location on-board.
Measuring 16”x16”x16” (413mm x 413mm x 413mm) and boasting a compact design, the EI540D Ice Cube complements the existing range of Eskimo Ice machines, which includes the larger self-contained or split-gas EI600D models. The EI540D Ice Cube replaces the EI250D Ice Cube model, and produces 116% more ice than the earlier model in the same-sized cabinet.
“The Eskimo Ice range produces flaked-ice, which has a smooth and rounded shape that reduces the risk of damaging the flesh of the fish. It is delivered directly to the fish box from its location below deck. The new EI540D gives sport fishermen more flexibility as to where they can locate the ice machine because of the longer and narrower ice-delivery hose,” comments Bill Liptak, Product Engineer, Dometic Marine.
A smart digital monitor mounted remotely on the bridge or in a cabin is conveniently located for ease of operation without making a trip down to the engine room. It reports the system’s operational status and any alarms to skipper and crew at all times if problems with pressure, water and ice levels, or blockages are detected. If there are any problems they can be resolved and the system reset as soon as possible to preserve the on-going production and supply of ice.
Dometic Marine has supplied fishing boat owners with crushed ice systems for more than 25 years and is launching its extensive range of new products, including the Eskimo Ice EI540D Ice Cube, at this year’s IBEX, 17-19 October 2011.