Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 18-07-2010, 21:08   #1
Registered User
kiper204's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Maryland
Boat: Baba 30
Posts: 88
Fridge Cover . . .

Just put some new refrigeration on the boat, and to help save the battery's, I'm trying to find those nifty foil covers that you put inside the fridge to keep the cold in. I know they exist, Ive seen them. Unfortunately, the boat I saw them on , I have no way of contacting. So if anyone can point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it . Ty,

kiper204 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-07-2010, 11:20   #2
Senior Cruiser
FSMike's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bahamas/Florida
Boat: Solaris Sunstar 36' catamaran
Posts: 2,560
Images: 5
My better half cut up a couple of "space age blankets" or some such description and sewed several layers together in the appropriate size.
Worked great, especially since you only had to lift a corner to get whatever out of the icebox. Unless, as she pointed out, you're a male and can't remember what side the cold beer is on.

Sail Fast Live Slow
FSMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-07-2010, 11:25   #3
Senior Cruiser
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 6,819
We use closed cell foam. You can get it at Walmart in the camping section used for ground sheets or yoga mats.
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
Vasco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-07-2010, 11:50   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montana
Posts: 391
Try a car windshield cover, quilted aluminum and poly - you can find them at Wal Mart and such stores for a few dollars
Healer52 / Lisa, Rick and Angel the Salty Dog
Currently on the hard, looking for a boat
Healer52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-07-2010, 12:36   #5
Registered User
svcambria's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mexico (currently)
Boat: Panda 40 - S/V Cambria
Posts: 573
You might be thinking of this:
UltraTouch 4 Ft. x 6 Ft. Radiant Barrier - 30000-11406 at The Home Depot
I sewed this up in stamoid for mechanical stability and to keep moisture out of the insulation. Did panels for the ice box sides that just press in, easy to remove and clean, pretty darn effective for such thin insulation.

svcambria is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-07-2010, 18:50   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: caribbean winter, Durango,CO summer
Boat: Nordhavn 5740
Posts: 455
Images: 4
Do any of you who have done what kiper204 is inquiring about have any data as to lower temps, less compressor cycling, batteries holding up better, or any other noticeable improvement(s) to your refrig/freezer efficiency? Thanks
gbanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2010, 11:15   #7
Registered User
kiper204's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Maryland
Boat: Baba 30
Posts: 88
I thank everyone for their responses... I found a company that custom makes a cover with the measurements from the top of the fridge inside. We have been testing its efficiency, and because of it the juice that our Alder Barbour was sucking down was nearly cut in half. We are now able to turn down the temp from setting 6 to 3 and it still makes ice cubes. If anyone else is interested heres a link for the company , and what they call an "ice saver"

STANDOUT YACHT FITTINGS | Welcome to Standout Yacht Fittings
kiper204 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2010, 16:40   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Cayuga Lake NY - or on the boat somewhere south of there
Boat: Caliber 40
Posts: 928
One thing you can do that really helps reduce the energy draw of top loading fridges is to get a piece of sheet neoprene (the stuff that wetsuits are made of) and cut a piece that lays over the fridge covers with about 4-6 inches extra around the edges. It insulates, prevents air from leaking in or out, and also provides a nonskid surface! Works great for me. You can get it online by just googling sheet neoprene.
sck5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2010, 09:01   #9
Sponsoring Vendor
The Boat Galley's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Now in Central Illinois
Boat: Formerly S/V Que Tal, Tayana 37
Posts: 74
Fridge Insulation

We spent six years cruising in the Sea of Cortez and as far south as El Salvador -- summer temps were often over 100 for days on end. Add to that our refrigerator was next to the engine and next to the companionway with the sun beating down on the (dark) teak surround. We did everything we could to add extra insulation. Several ideas:

We got a rubber mat, cut it to the exact dimensions of the counter top (less 1/2" all around) and had a canvas shop put a vinyl cover over it (the seams made up that 1/2" so it was now the exact size of the counter top) and laid it on the counter over the fridge. Since this was my main food prep counter, the vinyl made it easy to keep clean (I thought about the neoprene idea, but knew I couldn't keep it clean enough without some sort of cover). To get into the fridge, I just flipped the cover back.

We got two auto windshield reflectors -- duct-taped one around the outside of the refrigerator with the silver side out to keep that teak enclosure from heating up, and laid one inside the fridge on top of all the food. We eventually cut that one in half and just used it over the side with the chill plate, which we got into much less frequently (there were two openings side by side, but we got into one side much more often than the other, and having an extra layer of insulation there just made it too hard to get to the drinks). NOTE: While it wasn't exactly pretty, the reflector around the outside of the compartment did a lot to reduce our energy consumption!

Friends on a boat coming down from the US bought some of that blue insulation foam (hard sheets) at Home Depot and cut pieces to fit in the top of their refrigerator and inside the lid, then used silicone to hold them in place. They said it did a lot of good, but we couldn't find that type of material where we were, so I can't personally vouch for it.

We did get some of that Space Age insulation and used it inside the engine compartment on the common wall with the refrigerator. It didn't do as much to help the refrigerator as we had expected, but it did help to some extent.

Another thing that almost every boat in the Sea of Cortez did in the summer was to hang something -- an auto windshield reflector, a piece of white Sunbrella, whatever -- on the outside of the hull over the refrigerator. Dark-hulled boats said this made a HUGE difference to them; we noticed a small improvement (we had a very high gloss new white paint job).

Other things that will help are loading up the refrigerator with drinks after sunset so that the compressor is working to chill them down with the cooler night air and developing a strict organization system so that everyone on board knows exactly where things are and the refrigerator doesn't have to stay open any longer than necessary -- and putting the drinks in the most accessible place!
The Boat Galley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2010, 09:19   #10
cat herder, extreme blacksheep
zeehag's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: furycame alley , tropics, mexico for now
Boat: 1976 FORMOSA yankee clipper 41
Posts: 16,474
Images: 56
Send a message via Yahoo to zeehag Send a message via Skype™ to zeehag
my boat was made with an access portal for the fridge on the cockpit side of the bulkhead... is convenient and keeps the fridge from heating up when someone in cockpit cant figger out why they went in the box in the first place. is nice these older boats had such lovely conveniences for the crew.
zeehag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 05:09   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 741
A late reply, but how about a couple of layers of bubble wrap on top of the frozen stuff?

Hannah on 'Rita T' 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
Dinghy Cover ub1 Construction, Maintenance & Refit 2 13-07-2010 11:52
Want To Buy: 18hp Outboard Cover JusDreaming Classifieds Archive 0 30-04-2010 13:03
Sailboat Cover GLR1 General Sailing Forum 10 21-04-2010 17:14
Cover for Genniker MeckDC Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 2 22-09-2009 13:34
Mattress cover material Red Charlotte Liveaboard's Forum 6 06-08-2007 11:00

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:47.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.