We have an ongoing problem with the refrigerator in our SO 389 which we have come to the conclusion is a leak between the connectors from the compressor to the condensing plate. It has been re-gassed on a couple of occasions and initially the fridge works well, but after a number of days the cooling performance drops off and the fridge no longer cools.
Because of the way the compressor is situated in a corner under the sink, it is almost impossible to gain access to the couplings which we believe to be the problem. Has anyone been able to withdraw the compressor unit sufficiently to gain access to these couplings so we can dismantle, clean and re-install more easily. It looks as though the compressor is mounted on snap together plastic fittings which would need to be cut apart, but again any suggestions would be welcome.
I havent actually had to pull my condensing unit out yet, but it sounds like it is in a similar location to yours. When you think about it, logic would dictate that they had to make the connections and then slide the condensing unit in when it was installed, so there must be enough slack in the pipes, probably in the form of an extra coil of pipe, to allow the condensing unit to slide out again for servicing. You just have to figure out how the condensing unit was secured in place.
It is possible that the unit was placed before the cabinetry was assembled, which would be a real pain in the butt.
Granted, my experience with Jeanneaus is limited to one year with my particular boat, but so far I have found that most systems have been installed with servicing in mind. I would think that they wouldn't be so popular with the charter companies if they didn't.