Congratulations! this is so exciting!
about replacing the icebox
: i don't know how much work it would be on your boat, but on ours the insulation
was no good and couldn't be easily added, so i ripped the old setup out (and removing the entire galley
to get to it) and rebuilt the box and installed a seafrost unit. very happy with the results, but the job took me more than 400 hrs of work (after that i probably just lost
count), and if you convert that to 100/hr labor charges at your local LIS boatyard, it was probably the most expensive beer
i had the other day.
so if i were to do it over again, i probably wouldn't. although i'm sure the pain will be forgotten, and i'll be happy to have done it. cost me a season of sailing though - couldnt' get out really with the stove and the sink and the rest scattered around the main salon