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WK 727
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Initially Posted - 01/06/2019 :  13:25:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is the process of installing a top loading fridge directly behind the sink. The fridge is 16"x16"x16" and is a tight squeeze to say the least. After removing the propane grill from this location, a sawzall was the tool of choice. No turning back at this point! The lid is from rparts.com and required a stepped top to accommodate the lid. Butyl tape is the agent used for sealing the lid to the form (what a great product for the mariner). The sink had to be moved slightly forward and will now be an undermount. The counter top will be installed hopefully next week and the pumping style faucet is being changed out for a slim pressurized system.

I don't want to put the propane back in and haven't decided if it is worth installing a flush mount induction unit or just have a portable cooktop available to set on the counter.

I am open to changes before everything gets permanently mounted. Thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks, John



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04 Catalina 250 WK
Standard rig w/wheel steering
Yanmar 9hp diesel

Steve Milby
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Response Posted - 01/06/2019 :  14:30:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a suggestion. I live aboard and turn mine on in the spring, defrost it once during the summer and turn it off in the fall. They seem to be very long-lived. I've never had a problem. They don't use much electricity. My electric bills are small until I start running my heater or AC. If I only used the boat on weekends, I'd leave the fridge running all week. That way, it will be nice and cold when you arrive on Friday night or Saturday morning. Otherwise it takes them awhile to get cold and to chill whatever is in there.


Steve Milby C&C 35 Landfall ("Captiva Wind"); Cal 25 ("Fahrvergnügen")
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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 01/31/2019 :  08:43:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Greetings...

Is this box a refrigerator or an ice box?

Where was the box sourced?

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Carl

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WK 727
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Response Posted - 01/31/2019 :  17:48:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, I purchased a new in box older model by Isotherm. It has a stainless liner/plastic bottom and the evaporator is behind the inner liner so the entire tub is smooth with a 40 liter capacity. The temperature can be set down about 28 degrees. I checked it with my thermal gun and it held that frosty temperature when on my patio last summer and the ambient temperature was about 90 degrees. West Marine carries the new model, Isotherm BI-40, with the evaporator inside (there is a typo on the West Marine amperage). The DC rating is wrong and it includes an AC rating. Check the Indel Webasto manufacturer website for true numbers.

The factory lid seems fairly inefficient at holding in the cold, hence the heavy duty lid assembly. The new model could easily have a partition added to create a freezer section where the evaporator sits. The air cooled compressor can be placed up to five feet away. I decided to keep it next to the unit and changed out the door for a louvered door to allow the proper ventilation.

Hope this helps, John

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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 01/31/2019 :  20:21:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Appreciate the speedy reply...

An epic mod to the 250.

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WK 727
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Response Posted - 01/12/2020 :  18:50:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thought I would update the post with a few photos of the finished galley.


I used the Rustoleum transformation countertop product, installed a teak louvered door to keep the compressor vented, teak drawers and teak sliding doors for the storage. Also added the different faucet with pressure.

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Buzz Maring
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Response Posted - 01/13/2020 :  04:33:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW!

Buzz Maring

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wm36
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Response Posted - 01/13/2020 :  17:18:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful job!!

Wayne & Lynn
Hillsboro OR
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dmarion
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Response Posted - 01/15/2020 :  07:48:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very impressive!

Daniel Marion
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zeil
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Response Posted - 01/26/2020 :  13:56:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Wow... what a beautiful job, well done!!


Henk & Johanna
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WK 727
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Response Posted - 01/27/2020 :  04:59:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the kind comments! There are so many different modifications that can be made to the C250. Great platform.

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