Iceboxs.....you gotta be a masochist to have one on a boat. Hauling ice, removing melt water
, running out of ice altogether.
My first boat had an icebox
built into the cockpit
seat. It was fairly big, you could fit 2 cases of 24 beer
into it and a block of ice on top. Which we did the first weekend out sailing. The ice lasted about 6hrs, the cases became soaked and disintegrated, and the beer
was all over the bottom in about 3 inches of water
Crawling under the cockpit
I found the Icebox
was a simple fiberglas box raised up on legs til it hit the underside of the cockpit seat. No insulation
what so ever. I used a coleman cooler for the rest of the summer. But the icebox did make a nifty lifejacket locker.
Espina has a built in box of stainless steel
, insulated with some sort of batting. Its not fiberglas as the boat was built long before fiberglas battens were common. I think its wood fiber or maybe fleece. It isn't asbestos. It has two levels in it, a raised shelf for the ice with a rim about an inch high and the food
goes in the lower area. There was a drain but that was plugged so now the ice melts and the food
drowns unless you stay on top of it. I'm going to put the blocks of ice in a battery box
and use that to lift
the water out. I have to get that drain re-done at some point.
Dance has a foam insulated reefer with a cold plate in it. 1978 vintage and I expect it will kill my batteries in short order. I haven't run it yet. I'm thinking that will be something to test this summer as I work on her, to keep the beer cool.
I suspect a rebuild
is in order, as the newer units use way less power. I can also see about increasing the insulation
. But for myself, I think a reefer is the way to go.