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so with a lack room on my macgregor 222 I want to cut a hole big enough to put a 36 can cooler in the port side cabin setee but I am afraid of structural problems. I call macgregor and the only ansure that I could get was cutting any fiberglass on the boat will diminish its structural integrity but I kind of took it as I wont tell you because if the boat sinks and you die I dont want to ge sued. any thoughts
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Why not get some insulation and build yourself an icebox in that same space? Leave the structure, such as it is, alone and simply convert the space to the task you need.

Any liquids stored there will stay relatively cool anyway unless the water temp is high where you sail. You probably wouldn't even need a lot of insulation except maybe the lid.
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Cutting large holes in the structure of a boat without proper evaluation is generally an unwise idea at best. Building an icebox that can work with the existing structures is probably a much better idea.
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Go to http://www.macgregorowners.com/ and talk to the folks over there. There was an owner who built a cooler into the area to the left of the galley sink and had pics and such.
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I don't think Mcgregor is just covering their ass on this one, I would listen to them.
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Thanks guys but there is no opening curently in the bench the boat was built with that darn unsinkable pack all open areas full of foam blocks idea. I might build the icebox myself but will still have to cut the top of the bench open to do it
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