Originally Posted by josef
Hi Kiwikat. Also have a 1998 Bahia and have been considering modifying the fridge top and innards for the last six years! Any ideas you had might have might spur me on to turn thoughts into actions.Thanks.
I wasn't going to say too much until we go back to NZ at the end of the month. You see, we gave our instructions to the boatbuilder
as to what we wanted before we left. He has since fitted the remodelled lid but we are yet to see it.........
....Anyhoo...... the previous owner had removed the division panel in the fridge and raised the floor of the fridge to make it more accessable to vertically challenged people (his wife), thus leaving a large area cooled by one verticle standing rectangular evaporator plate (in which the gas sprung a leak
We are leaving the false floor in place (height ?). We have had the lid cut approximately in half (maybe 60-40, to be confirmed) athwartships. The forward panel has been fixed in place leaving the galley
end panel hinging open. This will hopefully provide for a lighter more accessable entry with more storage
(bench space) on top. We may further modify the hinged panel entry but will try it for a while and see how it goes.
We will hang a small rectangular evaporator plate under the port end of the fixed part of the lid. Similar to the small freezer
compartment on a small beer
fridge. This will be a freezer
for short term stays, ice etc. Another flat evaporator plate will be fixed to the starboard wall (low) and run at a higher temperature. Shelving system, yet to be designed will be affixed.
A separate larger freezer will eventually installed in the port hull
. We currently run a Waeco portable 12V.
We also toyed with the idea of putting a fridge door in (galley wall) but the boatbuilder
reckons it will not be necessary.
.........so now we wait......