Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-04-2011, 07:38   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: New Orleans
Boat: 1972 Grampian G26
Posts: 14
Build a Refrigerator

Well - here's the situation. I live aboard a Grampian 26. Currently I have a small dorm fridge inside which works well, but the only space for it is next to the head. Not real cool. I have the boat set up with a power strip to run only when I'm with shore power, fridge plugs into it and everything is cool. Now, this boat was built with a decent sized icebox in the cockpit, which for me is basically wasted space. When I'm cruising I'm fine with a cooler. So basically, I want to use the guts of the dorm fridge to convert the cockpit icebox to a fridge - even to retain a power cord system. Any advice?
53hemi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 07:43   #2
********* Emeritus
SaucySailoress's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 8,240
Re: Build a Refrigerator

That's exactly what we did. We took a DOMESTIC fridge and stripped it. But those guts need replacing every now and then, so make sure they're accessible.

It's a great idea - we love ours - It fits the space perfectly. And when the guts stop working, we can use ice blocks instead anyway, and it's so well insulated it'll last for days.

By the way, we also made a little ice compartment - it's so good it'll freeze up to 6 2litre bottles filled with water (only when plugged into shore, mind); so we have ice for dive boat too!

SaucySailoress is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2011, 07:44   #3
Senior Cruiser
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 6,219
Re: Build a Refrigerator

It's doable, you might be able to extract the guts of the dorm fridge without releasing the freon, but if you do it'll cost you more than just buying a small icebox conversion kit.
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need: Norcold Refrigerator motion30 Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 2 24-07-2009 11:45
Propane Refrigerator steleehin Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 8 22-04-2009 19:57
Which new refrigerator system? mestrezat Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 86 04-04-2009 07:45
New Refrigerator PELINDSEY Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 0 01-03-2009 05:48
packing refrigerator Sondra Provisioning: Food & Drink 12 10-08-2007 14:20

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:15.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.