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refer question

chartering a cat 34 this weekend.
the refer or ice box has horizontal partitions.
cant figure out how one would use these to make the compartment more usable. the thing is so deep you would have to pull everthing out to get to the lower sections.
maybe im missing something. please advise
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Sorry, I thought it said reefer question.
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Yes, you often have to "climb into" larger reefers. The partitions are there so that you can organize things in sections and not have them roll around and jumble all about as the boat moves. If you plan to keep milk in it...think about the mess a milk carton makes after it has been opened, once it falls over. (Good idea to take a bottle for that.)

You have to pack the reefer based on what you will be using. Friday's food at the bottom, Thursday's on top of that, etc. Sometimes you will have to climb and and rummage through. But because it is DEEP the cold air stays inside and keeps things longer. Frozen or semi-frozen things will also stay colder at the bottom.

You might put bread, eggs, etc. in one partition (lightweight stuff) while organizing the meats (heavy) into a second, and cheeses and fruits into a third. That way you at least know which bin to start rummaging in. It also helps if everyone who will be taking foods OUT is there when you load it, so they stand a chance of remembering where what went in. Beer and canned drinks at the BOTTOM of ONE compartment.
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BTW, don't put the eggs and milk too far down in the refrigerator, as they may freeze if they're too low in it... Frozen eggs aren't very tasty.
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The horizontal partitions may be there to separate the zones (between partitions) into different cooling levels. Frozen food on bottom, meats and other perishables next, and so on, the warmest zone on top. This is a common way for some portable refers to separate cooling zones. The partitions will also help keep the food lower down cooler with less energy. I used this trick in Florida with a regular ice chest and was able to keep foods for up to a week before I needed new ice. This was good during the hurricanes.
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