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Although we want to cruise on a budget we want one luxury... refrigeration. Our boat came with a portable cooler. This was stored in this locker. I do not know what happened to the original setup.  Original.jpg (45787 bytes)
I carefully measure the opening for the new fridge box. I then subtracted the insulation thickness for the inner liner. The inner box  measures 12" * 16" * 16" approximately. I fussed for a couple of minutes. Got it wrong the first time. I ordered more plywood. FridgeMockup.jpg (32955 bytes)
The finished product. The joints are all filleted with wood. (It could have been wired and micro balloons used to fillet.) I used the design of the Gougeon Brothers. Note the 2" neck. This is made of 3/4" solid wood. There is a double seal. One at the top of the lid and another at the bottom.  FridgeLiner.jpg (39264 bytes)
Felicity is epoxying the interior of the box. The last 3 coats are pigmented white. This makes it easier to keep clean. FridgeEpoxy.jpg (42623 bytes)
I  decided to use ISO board.. This has 30% better insulation than blue Styrofoam. However it is more fragile and must be protected from impact and water. I used 3 inches sides, 4 inches on the  bottom and 2 inches on the top. Some of the insulation is on the other side of the bulkhead and bottom support.  I did this to maximize the interior space to 2 cubic feet. The red tape is construction house wrap tape.  FridgeInsulated.jpg (47231 bytes)
The installed box.  FridgeInstalled.jpg (27028 bytes)
The final look. This project is not small. It involved a lot of tools. Router, table saw, jig saw, brad gun. It took a month of spare time. I had to make a new countertop. The old opening was too big. FinalInstallationn.jpg (34695 bytes)
 

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