Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Adding refrigeration to a small boat.

I added a small box freezer to my boat.  It is a Southbound Solar 60i multi voltage freezer, around $800 dollars.  It works wonderful and does not drain the batteries.  I added an extra solar panel for a total of 170 watts.  So far the freezer works great.  I dont know how I went without it for so long. 

I did have to sacrifice the closet.  It was pretty small and worthless.  I am currently looking for a new place to hang the few items that need hanging (mostly rain gear).  I will let you know how that go's soon.  
Here is the finished product.  The lower cabinets allow access to the batteries.  The top cabinet swings down to allow removal of the freezer

Here is the unfinished wood.  It was Home Depot plywood.  The whole project cost me just under $100.00

In this photo you can see the 2x4 braces for the removable floor.  I like using 2x4's because they are strong and cheep.  I bolted them threw the bulkheads with nuts and bolts.  The floor (not installed in this photo) is removable for access to the batteries and cables etc. 


  1. Hey - whatever happened to Rimas? Has he taken off around the world yet? I was thinking about him the other day and got to wondering. I guess he must be nearly ready with his preparations by now. Mike

    1. I'm sure he's well on his way around the world. He's been getting ready for months and months and I heard he already left a few days ago, so Godspeed to him, he's a braver man than I am, but I'm not a sailor and he is, so he ought to make it. He's got a lot of experience. Regards, Steven Paulus

    2. Rimas made it to Hilo Hawaii in May 2016 on the Rawlson 30 foot boat I gave him. But he is stuck there because he trashed the boat. Well see where he ends up next.