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Old 09-05-2016, 18:05   #1
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Catalina 34 microwave

HI folks,

Have new (to us) 1998 Catalina 34 which we are trying to get ready for the summer and sailing. I have seen many pics with the middle cabinet in the galley replaced with a microwave oven. That cabinet measures a little over 9 inches high. I am having a very difficult time finding a microwave oven whose height is 9 inches. What microwaves (and models ) do people have and how did you get it to fit in there. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-05-2016, 18:14   #2
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HI folks,

Have new (to us) 1998 Catalina 34 which we are trying to get ready for the summer and sailing. I have seen many pics with the middle cabinet in the galley replaced with a microwave oven. That cabinet measures a little over 9 inches high. I am having a very difficult time finding a microwave oven whose height is 9 inches. What microwaves (and models ) do people have and how did you get it to fit in there. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Mine is higher than that so telling you what I have (Panasonic) isn't going to do you much good. An outside height of nine inches is going to be a very small microwave and I think you would be happier with a larger one even if you have to find another place to put it.

That said, the Internet is your friend here. You will find a lot more models on the Internet than in your local stores.

Although rare, if you can find one with a manual timer or electronic but no clock, you'll be better off. The microwave in my home won't even heat water without knowing the time day, date and year. On a boat you won't have constant power and this would be a very big hassle.
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Re: Catalina 34 microwave

Congratulations on your new boat.

The C34 International Association has one of the best boating websites on the net.

Go to The Catalina 34 International Association and use the Forum link. The answers are all there. Including your microwave question.

You could also join our association and gain access to 30 years of Technical Notes published in Mainsheet magazine. It is bonus material for all members.

Welcome.
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SUCCESS!!!!!! ISSUE SOLVED!!! I have a similar microwave problem with my Catalina 320. Just found a microwave from Walmart online, Proctor Silex PS-P70T20AL-V1B that is same size or smaller than the burnt out Samsung. 9.5 x 17.5 x 12. $33. Solves the 9.5 inch height issue. I have looked for a couple of years, hundreds of microwaves. I was about to take a saw to the cabinet and just happened to stumble across this.
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New microwave installed. Used 1 1/2 inch sheet metal screws to fix the microwave ‘feet’ to the base of the cabinet. Hope this helps.
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SUCCESS!!!!!! ISSUE SOLVED!!! I have a similar microwave problem with my Catalina 320. Just found a microwave from Walmart online, Proctor Silex PS-P70T20AL-V1B that is same size or smaller than the burnt out Samsung. 9.5 x 17.5 x 12. $33. Solves the 9.5 inch height issue. I have looked for a couple of years, hundreds of microwaves. I was about to take a saw to the cabinet and just happened to stumble across this.
Thanks a lot for this. I was looking for one for my burned microwave in Catalina 320 and this fit the bill.
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If someone lands here while looking for a small microwave, I also found this:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-0-7-C...Black/19895935 (17.00 x 12.00 x 9.00 Inches)

This is the smallest I could find (smaller than Proctor Silex), though I bought the Proctor Silex based on @Billchotkowski'un suggestion.
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Good choice. I have the same microwave on my boat. It has a VERY important feature: you have to push a button to unlatch and open the door. What happens with the more common "just pull the door open" type is -- a sudden surge can cause the food to hit the door from inside, opening the door and spilling the contents.
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