Frigibar LLC

Letter From Shuly Oletzky: Frigibar is Back in Fort Lauderdale with New Ownership and Opportunities

Late last year when I announced that Frigibar Industries Inc. would cease operations, I received an overwhelming amount of support from customers, partners, and friends. From letters thanking us for a cockpit freezer that is still working 30 years after it was delivered to brand partners calling to express their appreciation, every word meant the world to me.

47 years after my father, Sheldon Oletzky, started the brand that we are today, the closing of the business was bittersweet. I was proud of our accomplishments and the legacy we left behind, but disappointed that we no longer would serve the yacht owners, captains, and crews we know and love.

I am very pleased to announce that Frigibar is back in business with many exciting changes to announce and unveil over the next several months.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Frigibar, we build handcrafted, custom-built freezer/refrigerator units, fiberglass cockpit freezers, dock boxes, insulated fish boxes, ice chests, and more. Our products are available online at Frigibar.com and now, in a brand new showroom in Fort Lauderdale.

Frigibar was recently acquired by marine industry entrepreneur Seann Pavlik, who has been a loyal customer, supporter and friend of Frigibar for decades. Seann has built a reputation for providing boat owners with exceptional products through is companies; Misters Unlimited, Innovative Products, and IceFree. Frigibar has now joined his family of brands as Frigibar, LLC.

The Frigibar brand has always stood for quality and delivering exceptional value in customer service to boat owners, captains, and crews worldwide. Finding this fit with Seann and his family of companies is a dream come true for Frigibar. Frigibar is now located in Fort Lauderdale.

Our new headquarters and showroom is located at 1632 NE 12th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, and the showroom will be available weekdays 10 AM – 4 PM and alternative times are available by appointment. Frigibar units, including cockpit freezers are currently on display and available for purchase.

Shuly Oletzky

I want to thank you all for your support over the years. I will remain a part of Frigibar and support the vision Seann has for the future. I am very much looking forward to new product lines and a lot of exciting changes that are on the horizon for the near future. We plan to resume our boat show schedule this year and will be announcing our participation for 2018 shows soon.

Please feel free to contact us at info@frigibar.com, call at 305-757-7697, and visit Frigibar.com for additional information.

Sincerely,

—  Shuly Oletzky, Frigibar, LLC

How Does a Condensing Unit Work in a Marine Refrigeration System?

Freezers are made for different environments and purposes. In marine refrigeration, units have to be able to perform in a tropical climate, be environment resistant and even rustproof, and be crafted to meet the needs and preferences of the owner, captain, and crew. One of those needs is being able to freeze items solid at an extremely low temperature.

A condensing unit, along with a well-insulated box, thermostat, and properly functioning freezer, can accomplish temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the questions I get when discussing our freezer/refrigerators is, “How does a condensing unit work?”

A function of a condenser is defined as; “In systems involving heat transfer, a condenser is a device or unit used to condense a substance from its gaseous to its liquid state, by cooling it.”

A condensing unit is comprised of all the components required for a refrigeration system to remove heat from the interior of the freezer or refrigerator by putting gas through a meter and into an evaporator. The gas is returned to the condenser which cools the gas, turning it back into a liquid before it is then returned to the compressor to start the process all over again.

Once the temperature inside the box reaches the programmed temperature of the thermostat, the unit stops, and when the temperature returns back above the programmed amount it turns the system back on again. This is the refrigeration system’s cycle.

To simplify, a condensing unit is the heart which makes your freezer or refrigerator work, keeping your food, drinks, or bait cold and fresh so you can enjoy your weekend outing or fishing trip.

Having manufactured handcrafted marine refrigeration systems over forty-five years, we take pride in having informed customers. To help captains, crews, and owners understand their systems better, we provide content on specific aspects of marine refrigeration. What would you like to know more about? Email us your questions at info@frigibar.com.

Why Your Boat’s Freezer Should Be Made of Fiberglass: Marine Refrigeration Tips from Frigibar

 

The material, similar to the overall quality, of the products and appliances on your boat can make an impact on your vessel. For example, if you’re using a traditional mini fridge or small freezer meant for a basement or garage, the unit is unlikely to function properly in the marine environment and may rust on your boat, leaving stains and breaking down.

Frigibar uses fiberglass for its marine refrigeration systems for several specific reasons in addition to the fact that it’s completely rustproof.

Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky said the following when asked why fiberglass is the best material for marine refrigeration products, including boat and yacht refrigerators and freezers:  

“Fiberglass is a fabulous material for anything in the marine environment, including freezers. In addition to looking spectacular, you have the flexibility to match gelcoat colors if you want your freezer to match your vessel. You can make sure it looks like it was designed to be part of your boat; a thoughtful design integration of an accessory that you don’t necessarily need to have built custom because it looks already looks like a custom addition to your boat.

In addition to that, fiberglass is very easy to maintain. You don’t need any additional special products other than what you’ve already bought to maintain your boat since your boat is fiberglass (for the most part).

If there’s ever any damage that occurs to your refrigerator or freezer, unlike stainless steel which is another good marine material but is hard to repair, fiberglass can be refinished just like the surface of your boat. You can have a 15-year-old product that can be refinished to look just like it did when it was brand new.”  

Get the best marine refrigeration system that was handcrafted for your boat — go with Frigibar! Call Frigibar today at (305) 757-7697 or email us at info@frigibar.com.

Also read: Marine Refrigeration Fit: How to Determine What Size Freezer or Refrigerator is Right for Your Boat or Yacht

Freezing on a Boat: 9 Marine Refrigeration Articles Worth Reading

Marine refrigeration is an important aspect of being able to enjoy time on your boat or yacht. When it comes time to take a trip or entertain on your vessel, the last thing you want to worry about is if your refrigerator will keep drinks cold or if your freezer will last the week you’ll be traveling.

Is your freezer up to the challenge of a long trip? Do you have the right unit for your adventures? Have you customized your refrigerator or freezer to better serve your needs? We’ve compiled our recent articles on marine refrigeration and the best content from our friends in the industry to help answer these questions and others.

Why Is a Freezer an Important Appliance for Your Boat or Yacht?

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Frigibar President Shuly Oletzky answers the question “Why is a freezer an important appliance for your boat or yacht?”

“Freezers are important appliances anywhere. If you want to keep anything frozen, you need a freezer! If you’re considering whether or not it is important enough to take up space on your deck for a freezer, the considerations that you may go through are…”

Read the article and listen to the audio here!

15 Easy Steps to Defrost a Boat Freezer in Paradise

In 15 steps, with step #15 being “Make a gin and tonic with the bag of partially thawed ice cubes. Waste not want not,” this fun step-by-step guide covers how to painlessly defrost a freezer while out on the water. It also details the author’s previously daunting process of defrosting their marine refrigeration unit.

Read the full article here!

8 Ways a Boat Freezer Can Be Customized: Yacht Marine Refrigeration Customization

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Not all freezers are created equal, nor do they all have to look the same. There are various ways you can customize your boat’s freezer, from mounting options to finishes to other bells and whistles (not literally).

Read the full article here!

Troubleshooting Marine Refrigeration

While we always recommend you work with a refrigeration technician to be safe and to avoid causing damage to your unit, this guide published by YachtWork.com covers ways to troubleshoot marine air and marine refrigeration.

Read the full article here!

Marine Refrigeration Fit: How to Determine What Size Freezer or Refrigerator is Right for Your Boat or Yacht

One of the hardest parts of finding the right freezer for your boat or yacht is determining the size of the unit you can fit in the space you have available. Frigibar, with help from President Shuly Oletzky, created the Marine Refrigeration Fit guide to help you navigate fitting the best freezer for your boat or yacht on it.

Read the full article here!

Trip Necessities: 5 Things to Keep in Your Boat’s Freezer on a Long Trip

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Planning for a long trip or just curious as to what you should have in your boat’s freezer if you decide to stay out on the water a few days longer? Here are five things you should keep in your freezer during those long adventures.

Read the full article here!

Taking Care of Your Marine Refrigeration Systems

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Maintenance of your marine refrigeration systems, just like your boat, is important to maintain its appearance and proper function. Published by our friends at Yachting-Pages.com, here’s a guide along with quick tips for crews on how to perform maintenance on your marine refrigeration systems.

Read the full article here!

When Power Goes Out: Refrigerator and Freezer Food Safety Tips for Boating Trips

Having access to power on our boats is something we often take for granted. But what about when power isn’t available and you have food items in your freezer and refrigerator? Check out these tips on how to safely go about saving and consuming your food items when power’s not available.

Read the full article here!

How Dual Control for Refrigerators and Freezers Works

Not every freezer is just a freezer. Thanks to “Dual Control,” some marine refrigeration units can be utilized as either a freezer or refrigerator. Here’s how it works:

Read the full article here!

Looking for more? Check out the Boat Freezers and Marine Refrigeration Playlist on YouTubeHave an article you feel would be perfect to add to this list? Email info@frigibar.com.

Informa Exhibitions acquires three major US Yacht Shows from Active Interest Media

London, 2 March 2017: Informa’s Global Exhibitions division today announced the purchase of Yachting Promotions Inc. (“YPI”), the operator of some of the largest yachting and boat shows in the US, for $133 million. The acquisition brings three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show – into the Informa Exhibitions portfolio along with the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which draws 100,000 attendees, 1,300 exhibitors and more than 1,200 boats each November, is the largest of its kind in the world and complements Informa Exhibition’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s leading event dedicated to the superyachting industry.

Charlie McCurdy, CEO, said, “With this acquisition Informa Exhibitions becomes the world’s leading yacht show organizer. Combining the world’s premiere show, based in Europe, with these five shows in North America creates a scale player in this attractive and growing vertical, further strengthening our relationship with leading yacht brokers and builders, providing good opportunities for cross promotion and extending customer relationships across platforms and geographies.”

McCurdy added, “With the addition of these Florida shows, and following the addition of Penton’s exhibitions portfolio in 2016, Informa Exhibitions is now Informa PLC’s largest division by revenue and profit. Acquisitions in key and growing verticals will continue to be part of our growth strategy going forward as we look for events that complement what we are doing within vertical markets we have identified as attractive.”

Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, Chairman of Active Interest Media, said, “We can think of no better company than Informa Exhibitions, with its global resources, to focus on the continued growth and success of these excellent boat shows while continuing to exceed the expectations of their exhibitors and attendees.”

Skip Zimbalist will advise Informa Exhibitions in the transition, and the rest of the YPI team will continue with the company as it moves forward.

McCurdy noted that Informa Exhibitions will continue YPI’s active role in the North American boating and maritime industry, including IFBSO, the International Federation of Boat Show Organisers; NACS, the National Association of Consumer Shows; Marine Industries Association of South Florida (Sponsor); Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (Sponsor); International Yacht Brokers Association (formerly Florida Yacht Brokers Association); NMMA, the National Marine Manufacturers Association; and Sail America.

About Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division

With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Design, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Natural Products, Agriculture and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, our transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, we bring together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Our industry insight, coupled with our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides them with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

Informa Exhibitions is a division of Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. Informa PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

What’s the best way to keep things cool? Icicle Plates now available!

After decades of inventions and technological advances, we’re still faced with many of the same questions we’ve had all our lives. What’s actually in a hot dog? How long are you supposed to wait after eating to jump in the water? What’s the best way to keep a beer cold?

For at least one of those questions, we may be closer to the answer.

Food and drinks don’t stay cool for long on a hot day on the beach or out on the water on a boat. We have plenty of options for trying to solve the same problem of how best to keep something cool, from koozies to coolers to bags of ice to a Beersicle. Introducing Icicle Plates, one of the newest, and possibly the best, way of keeping cold things colder for longer.

Icicle Plates are made to be frozen at 0° Fahrenheit. Because they are filled with a food-safe 4% saline solution, they freeze at a lower temperature, and are more effective at staying colder for longer. This means your food and drinks will be kept safely chilled for everyone to enjoy. When using several Icicle Plates, it’s possible to keep pre-chilled products cold (under 40 degrees) for up to 24 hours in an insulated box or enclosed cooler. Icicle Plates can also be used as a supplement in a freezer on-board a boat by leaving the Icicle Plate in the freezer at all times.

Icicle Plates don’t require electricity and can be placed in large coolers. The plates, made of durable plastic, measure 24-1/2”L x 14-1/2”W x 1”H. They are completely reusable and can be refrozen again and again. Also, they have a handle molded into one of the ends so you won’t freeze your hands while getting them from the freezer to the cooler.

There are just three steps for using Icicle Plates for a better day in the sun:

  1. Freeze until solid, preferably in a freezer at 0° Fahrenheit
  2. Put the plate and cold food or drinks into your cooler or insulated box
  3. Enjoy the rest of the day on the water!

This is the first time these innovative plates are being offered to the marine industry.

At an introductory price of $150.00 for a set of two, one Icicle Plate is less than the cost of a new cooler and will turn any enclosed, insulated box into a more effective solution for your day-long adventure. Icicle Plates have been proven to perform better than ice, and they provide a cold, clean, safe and drier environment for food and drinks. So stop buying 10 bags of ice, hoping they will last an entire day and pack Icicle Plates instead. Contact Info@Frigibar.com to order your Icicle Plates.

6 Freezing Tips to Help You Use Your Freezer Like a Pro

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Cooking, baking, refrigerating, and freezing — on the surface, they all seem like extremely simple actions. In reality, there are tips, secrets, and right and wrong ways to approach each. Unlike cooking and baking, you won’t find many online courses, schools, or reality television shows dedicated to freezing or refrigerating items, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Freezing properly will extend the life of your freezer and your food, and ensure food safety.

At Frigibar, freezing is our business. We’ve been manufacturing quality marine refrigeration products for over 45 years. To help you utilize your freezer like a pro, here are six freezing tips you can start using today.

Rotate and Organize:

A big, thick steak that’s currently at room temperature is going to take more effort from your freezer to freeze than a bag of frozen vegetables. When loading non-frozen items into your freezer, rotate the contents in your unit to efficiently freeze what you’re putting in. For units that are not designed to recirculate the cold air, items closest to the evaporator coils will cool or freeze more quickly.

If the items against the evaporator or walls of the freezer freeze first, this could insulate the items in the middle. Think of an igloo — cold blocks of ice on the outside and a protected area in the middle. By rotating the contents from the middle to the walls or against the evaporator and the solid frozen items from the walls nearest the evaporator to the middle, you will be sure to completely freeze all items in the unit.

Let It Cool First: Freezer systems are designed to remove warm air from the box. If placing hot food into your freezer, not only will your unit have to work much harder to cool and freeze the item, the temperature in your unit will temporarily increase, which could impact other items in the freezer.

Don’t risk the safety of your frozen food or overwork your freezer by putting hot items into it too soon. There are freezer systems designed specifically for cooling hot food. If you don’t have one of these systems, consider letting the food cool or even pop it into the refrigerator for a bit before transferring it to the freezer.

Create Space Between Food:

Overcrowding, like having an HVAC vent that’s closed, can prevent the cooling of what’s in your freezer. By creating space between food items, cold air can properly circulate around items in your freezer.

Tip: For a few dollars apiece, you can purchase plastic bins with holes to create space in between items and organize your food.

Don’t Freeze It!: Not every food item should be frozen. Travel and Cook has the following list of what you shouldn’t be freezing:

  • Raw eggs still in the shell (they will expand and may crack)
  • Hard-boiled eggs go rubbery
  • Vegetables with a high water content, such as lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and radishes, go limp and mushy
  • Soft herbs, like parsley, basil, and chives, go brown
  • Egg-based sauces, such as mayonnaise, will separate and curdle
  • Plain yogurt, low-fat cream cheese, single cream and cottage cheese go watery

Additional Tip: Carbonated beverages should not be frozen or placed inside your freezer due to the risk of the cans or bottles exploding.

Keep It Running and Occupied: Freezer systems want to run, constantly. Keeping your freezer plugged in and running will keep the system functioning at its best. An empty freezer will have to work harder, so if you pull all the contents out, leave a couple of jugs of water inside and turn the temperature to a warmer setting.

While it won’t hurt the system to turn it off for a season, a system that runs constantly will have a longer life. If you do decide to shut it down while not in use, prop the lid or door open to avoid mold and mildew growth inside the unit. If you have to leave the door or lid closed, look into placing something like a jar of Tea Tree Power Gel, that naturally eliminates mold, mildew and odors inside to keep you the interior of your freezer unit fresh for your return.

Defrost Ice Build-Up: It is inevitable to get some frost build-up in your freezer. This frost is created from moisture that gets into the box and is most commonly due to a poor seal or just from normal use of opening and closing the unit letting warm air in, which turns into water vapor. Having a huge block of ice on your evaporator or walls of your freezer will make it run less efficiently.

Depending on your freezer system, there are a few ways to defrost your system safely and properly. Some freezers come with a build-in automatic defrost. If you have an auto-defrost system you’re in luck, and you don’t have to do anything since the system will care for itself. If you have significant frost build up in a “frost-free” freezer, you may want to have a technician look at it as it could be a symptom of an issue. If your system doesn’t defrost automatically, here are three of the most common defrost options:

  1. Remove all the items in the freezer, turn it off and let the ice melt. Make sure to place some towels to catch the water so it doesn’t wind up on the floor.
  2. Wet a sponge with warm water and melt the ice as it is applied.
  3. If you have a chest or bench-style unit, like a Frigibar, with a drain in the bottom, running or pouring water over the ice build up to melt it will do the trick.

With any of the methods, make sure to wipe the freezer walls and evaporator coil dry before turning the system on.

Additional Tip: If you have a freezer system that uses an exposed evaporator plate, never, ever, ever (we can’t stress this enough) use an ice pick, knife, or other object that may puncture the evaporator plate. One small puncture will render your system useless and repairs or replacements are often costly.

Take good care of your freezer system and it will take care of you for a long time to come!

whats-in-your-cockpitUse the best in marine refrigeration – order your Frigibar marine refrigeration system today on Frigibar.com. Have questions? We are happy to help! Call 305-757-7697 to speak with one of our experts today.

Frigibar Publishes The Ultimate Boat Show Guide for Attendees

Boat shows are a wonderful celebration of the maritime industry, and they bring together thousands of people and products who share a love of boating and water-related hobbies. In our more than forty-five years as a company, Frigibar has exhibited at dozens of boat shows around the world, including the Miami International Boat Show every year. We’ve met thousands of amazing people and have been able to share our handcrafted marine refrigeration units with boat owners, captains, and crews.

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To help other boating enthusiasts, business owners, and families looking for a good time get the most out of their next trip to a boat show, we created The Ultimate Boat Show Guide for Attendees. View the free guide here!

Business Leadership Series Podcast Features Frigibar’s Shuly Oletzky

Our paths as entrepreneurs, just like our businesses, our unique. While these routes can’t be replicated, there are valuable lessons to learn from the failures, successes, and words of advice from others.

Derek Champagne, CEO of The Artist Evolution and the host of the Business Leadership Series Podcast recently interviewed Frigibar President and SuccessionProof Founder Shuly Oletzky. The podcast focuses on inspiring their audience of entrepreneurs and leaders to be “the best leader (they) can be.”

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In the episode, the two discussed Shuly’s unexpected ownership of the family business (Frigibar Industries, Inc.), relating to customers, succession planning, work-life balance, and more during the 41-minute conversation.

Shuly succeeded her father as the President of Frigibar Industries after Sheldon Oletzky fell ill. With no plan in place or previous discussion of who would take over the business, Shuly left her career in real estate. Five years later, Shuly is the President of Frigibar and sharing her story with others, but there were many hurdles to overcome and help needed along the way.

The biggest piece of help came from her employees, whom she consulted with before deciding to take over the business. “It was an amazing teamwork exercise and experience,” Shuly said. While she gained experience and a stronger connection with her employees from the ordeal, she lost important time that could’ve been spent with her father, began her role at the bottom of a steep learning curve, and the uncertainty and stress of the situation took a toll on the family and employees.

Earlier this year, Shuly applied to share her succession story with the Small Giants Community at their Summit in Denver. “From the speech came the term succession proof, and I went from there,” Shuly, who created SuccessionProof to help other businesses and entrepreneurs avoid succession planning nightmares. Shuly shared the four-step plan, which includes having the conversation, making a plan, teaching and fostering, and being nice. Curious as to why being nice is an important aspect of a succession plan; Derek asked Shuly to elaborate. “My dad was a very well-liked and well-loved person….The connection they had with him transfers into the beginning of their relationship with me. If that’s negative to start with, you’ve got a tough mountain to climb,” explained Shuly.

shuly-quoteThe importance Shuly places on being nice and helping others translates into her philosophy on customer service. “You don’t sell stuff — you create friendships and relationships, and people buy stuff from you,” said Shuly.

“I’m very, very passionate about customer service. I am just as happy to help somebody find the right product even when it’s not ours, because that’s still an experience they have with our company,” said Shuly, who loves the friendly nature of the marine industry. “It’s very social — people in the industry are there because they’re having fun and this makes them happy. It’s fun to be around happy people,” she continued.

The interview concluded with a conversation about content marketing, which Shuly has utilized to her advantage to raise awareness of the handcrafted marine refrigeration products Frigibar manufactures in the U.S. “You have to market. If you don’t market, no one knows you exist,” said Shuly.

Don’t stop here! Read more and listen to the full interview here on TheArtistRevolution.com. Want to hear more from Shuly? Read her work on the Huffington Post business blog.

The Ultimate Boat Show Attendee Checklist

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What do you want to get out of the next boat show you attend?

Each year, boat shows around the world bring millions of people together to celebrate their love of boating, fishing, life out on the water, and more. Each show offers unique opportunities for attendees, and show visitors are there for a wide variety of reasons, from looking for a new boat to wanting to attend seminars on bass fishing.

With so much going on at each show, planning ahead can prove to be the difference between going home happy and empty handed.

For the full extent of our 45 years in business, Frigibar Industries, Inc. has been an exhibitor at many boat shows, including Miami International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Newport International Boat Show, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, METSTRADE, Refit International Exhibition and & Conference and many others.

We work with boat owners, captains, and others when it comes to finding the best fit for their marine refrigeration needs, but it doesn’t stop there. We also look for opportunities to help boat show attendees find what they need, whatever that may be. To help you get the most out of the next boat show you plan on attending, we created the Ultimate Boat Show Attendee Checklist. To download, click the link below and fill out before going to your next boat show.

Download the Ultimate Boat Show Attendee Checklist