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11-10-2009 09:30 PM
GaryHLucas The previous owner of my boat built a custom ice box under the galley. It is a plywood box on drawer slides where a door used to be. He inserted a poly garbage can and foamed around it with Great Stuff. Seems to work pretty well. You can lift out the can to dump out the water.

Gary H. Lucas
11-10-2009 12:15 PM
Stiche I recently did the exact same thing. No need to build a custom chest. I took an Engel 80 quart chest that was deep enough, tall enough, but too wide, and sliced off 9 inches from the middle with a bandsaw. Resealed the seams with the rest of an open tube of marine adhesive 4000 (because it was there...) and voila! Instant custom icechest/companionway step.

Pricey? yes, but you don't need to start with an Engel chest either. I just needed bang for the buck for size/insulation. And no, cutting it in two has had no decrease in effectiveness. 3 bags of ice (30 lbs) lasted 8 days each when kept in a climate controlled 70*F shaded environment (um, my house)
11-09-2009 09:28 AM
sarafinadh yes it is spendy. 350.00 a panel, and you need 6 so 2k mas o menos and you still have to build it, unless you go for one of the prebuilt kits, which I suspect is even more...

But you get alot more refrigerated space (4 inches in all 3 dimensions) and long term savings on fuel. Just depends on if you have the budget, or space for bulkier insulation.

Not for everyone, but seems like it could be an excellent option for some.
11-09-2009 02:00 AM
mitiempo While the new thin vacuum type insulation is great on paper, it taakes a lot of paper to pay for it too. Have you priced the Glacier Bay panels?
11-08-2009 11:08 PM
roline Look up VIP vacuum insulated panels, R29+ per inch. More expensive but you end up with more storage area. Only down side, they need to be protected from physical harm, being punctured. Don't under estimate the importance of good insulation....
11-08-2009 09:13 PM
Crapaud Thanks for all the help and ideas. I'm not in the habit of documenting these projects, but I will try to do as well as Rik's project. The new extreme commercial ice chest in my size range are about $130 ($165 w/ wheels) - the bar has been set.

11-08-2009 07:20 PM
sarafinadh I have done some reading about this and suggest you at least look into the high performance panels. Following is a snippet of info.

VIP technology is available that uses aerogel as a core material. Aerogel is a powdery silica based material which has an R value of around 9 per inch at atmospheric pressure. Glacier Bay, Inc., uses this core material in BARRIER ULTRA-R super insulation panels. BARRIER ULTRA-R panels have an R value of 50 per inch. They come with a 25 year performance warranty against loss in R value. This is possible because the aerogel core chemically adsorbs gas molecules that pass through the vacuum barrier membrane. This getter activity allows the panel to maintain its high vacuum level and R value over an extended time.
Marine-refrigeration ice-boxes built with BARRIER ULTRA-R have a total wall thickness of about two and one quarter inches. Although the initial cost of this material is higher than other insulation options, it is often chosen for new marine-refrigeration construction and marine-refrigeration ice-box retrofit projects because usable space can potentially be doubled or more for a given external volume. When coupled with the long performance life and superior energy performance, it may offer the greatest value.
11-08-2009 06:53 PM
Faster We made one some time back.. used blue styro to block it all in, glued into place and then finished the inside with epoxy resin and cloth. Turned out pretty good - used more foam to make two insulated lids (a small one for a quick beer grab, larger for loading and larger items.) It was a huge improvement on the "underhung' cooler that came with the boat.
11-08-2009 06:24 PM
badsanta Check out this and the links at the bottom of the page
11-08-2009 05:09 PM
rikhall I built a custom ice box on our last boat. Got the ideas, spec and hints, etc out of either Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat by Daniel Spurr or from Don Casey's This Old Boat. Pictures of the project are at:

Ice Box construction

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