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Westie



Joined: 08 Jun 2014
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City/Region: Bodega Bay
State or Province: CA
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: True North
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject: Tomcat 255 Frige Options Reply with quote

Hello,
It looks like my refrigerator final died. It's served me plenty of cold refreshing drinks in the past several years!

I looked up a replacement and it looks pretty expensive. I'm considering converting the space into an ice box instead. I use the boat exclusively for fishing and never ran the fridge off the battery.

While I loved having access to refrigeration while in the slip, I'm thinking an ice box may be more cost effective.

Any thoughts or creative options?

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thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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City/Region: Pensacola
State or Province: FL
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A front opening ice box is pretty inefficient. That is what came standard on my first 22. We used it to store bread and other dry goods. A chest type of ice box is far more efficient.

The Norcold NR751BB | 2.7 CU FT 12/24V 120/240V is $ 650--cut out dimensions: 18 1/4" W x 20" H x 20 1/4" D

I use the 12 only Norcold NRF 45 quart chest type on 300# capacity slide out rails under the forward dinette seat (Used the same type on the Tom Cat 255). Cost of these is $660, including freight from Amazon.

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Westie



Joined: 08 Jun 2014
Posts: 165
City/Region: Bodega Bay
State or Province: CA
C-Dory Year: 2006
C-Dory Model: 255 Tomcat
Vessel Name: True North
Photos: Westie
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking like a Yeti 35 or AC adaptable cooler sitting on top of a roll out.

So basically I'd build a roll out drawer and leave it open.
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