Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Currently in Savannah,GA
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Cold beer please!
Well, it''s good to see some varied opinions on the ole "ice box" dilemma. One thing I''ve learned since beginning boating is that the two subjects that get sailors "back hair up" faster than drinking their last beer is: heads, and refrigeration,...and in that order! The refrigeration thing probably goes back as far as to the first time some aborigine couldn''t understand why his coconut didn''t stay as cool in his dug out canoe,as it did back in the cave.Regardless, this aborigine is determined that there is "two ways to skin a cat!". I''m tired of jamming my stubby little toes on the frigging ice cooler in the middle of my boat sole,and I''m weary of being the " bearer of the ice bag" dinghy dude. I''ve read, study, listened to, and deciphered all I can about refrigeration and have come up with the following scheme. I''m going to remove one of my settee cushions, frame it for a fiberglass ice box - with a drain.This contraption will have no less than 4 inches of insulation, and an installed cold plate system.(I''m convinced this is the best system.)I will then use the ice box with ice on short duration trips, or the holdover plate on longer trips.Ahhh,,you say, "he''s completely mad!" Ha!ha!ha!...ummm..ummm Yes, that may be true mates, but that #@!!*^!($%$!**&^&!! cooler is coming off that floor!