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post #5 of Old 04-02-2012
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Re: Cockpit icebox access

My Tartan 27' from 1967 has that 'feature' as well.
On my "to do" list is to rip out the ice box and seal the opening in the cockpit seat.
Sure it is convenient to sit in the cockpit, open the lid and grab another beverage but I hate it for a variety of reasons.
1 - cool box is next to engine compartment and is poorly insulated
2 - cool box makes engine access tortuous (this is reason enough to rip it out)
3 - ours has leaked rainwater into the cabin before
4 - a portable cooler does all I need and want with less ice
5 - getting up off my azz to get a beer insures that I can still walk

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