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Yoav Harlap posted 05-01-2001 03:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Yoav Harlap  
I need to have a good sized refrigerator on board my Conquest 23. After extensive research I would normally go for the Waeco CCF or RD series and surely for compressor unit and not for a Thermoelectric unit.
My concern is space. In the cabin, it would take too much room and functionality (I also have the Porta-Potti there). Ventilation in the cabin might be a problem although it maybe solved with a solar vent for the hatch.
Outside it could only fit next to the "under gunnel rod holders" which would not be comfortable, under direct sun and badly exposed to a passer bye...
I thought of using the locable storage box under the helm seat facing aft with the cushioned seat on top. I noticed that I can maybe stow the compressor unit inside the front part of this box that is actually separated from the storage locker and located directly under the helm seat. Needless to say that I would need to insulate the storage locker from the inside which will not be perfect and would cost a couple of inches in thikness but should still leave enough for my needs in size.
This is the most "clean" sollution I can think of. Alternatively, would it be realistic to try and add another "in floor" storage box, mirroring the "in deck fishbox" but less to aft so that the bench legs do not stand on it, have it specially built, insulated, etc.

I surely would appreciate any suggestions and if any of you actually found an answer to this problem for the Conquest 23 it would be great to learn about it.



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