Join Date: Feb 2008
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Whole Lotta (Icebox) Sweatin' Goin' On!
Fellow Sailnetters, I have a quandry. Apprently rodents of some sort overwintered in a cubby on my boat, the one where I kept my coffee filters, zip lock bags, and whatnot. They chewed up everything chewable to make a nest -- what a mess!
Yesterday I removed the nest, and was puzzled as to where all that stuffing came from that was mixed with the shredded paper and cardboard. It couldn't be from any of the cushions. They contain foam and are all fine. Then I had an awful thought! I turned over and looked up, and sure enough my icebox bared its fireberglass in my light! The varmints had stripped the insulation from it to make their nest!
It's tough getting into the cubby through the 15" x 2' door. Not much of me fits. When in that claustrophobic space, there's not much room to work. I can't so far reach the far side of the icebox.
So now that you understand the space constraints, I ask you to share your accumulated experience and wisdom. How and with what have you reinsulated your iceboxes? More applicably, what would you suggest I do? I'm wondering about expanding insulation foam in a can. Has anyone tried it? Will it stick to fiberglass?
PS: The critters appear to be long gone. I didn't find a sign of them on the boat anywhere else, no nibbled anything, no more shredded paper, not even any scat. I may set some traps anyway.
PPS: My wife says that dryer sheets do a good job of keeping rodents away -- apparently the smell is too strong. NOW she tells me!
T. P. Donnelly
S/V Tranquility Base
1984 Islander 30 Bahama