Date: 10 September 2015. Making a Shelf
(and paper towel holder)
started out innocently enough. Back in 2008 my *Norcold reefer died
and needed to be replaced. At a cost (then) of over $600, an
identical replacement unit was beyond my budget. Instead Kidlet gave me a small cube
refrigerator that fit into the slot of the old **Never-cold.
* and **
Norcold is a brand of marine (12-volt and AC powered) refrigerators
irreverently called Never-cold.
I liked my
Norcold until it quit. The one on Seaweed was a 1983 model so
to have it fail in 2008 was not terribly unexpected. If money
were no object honestly I would prefer a DC model. These units
Norcold 2.7cf DC/AC 72qt refrigerator
the Norcold with another 12-volt reefer would have been ideal. The
brand line of refrigerators have low power consumption and great reviews. They are $$ and
frankly, I cannot afford an Engel. Were money no object however, I
Engel 60qt AC/DC refrigerator
makes a well-regarded line of refrigerators and freezers. They
are known for low power requirements. Again, for those than
can afford them the Engel or Norcold would be a good choice.
With solar once I install the
next two panels I should be able to run a regular inexpensive AC
powered refrigerator 24/7.
That is the theory anyway. As we all know everything works in Theory.
Finally I have upgraded to a
larger reefer/freezer. Part
of the upgrade meant that the entire cabinet including my
stovetop needed to be removed. That was a chore.
From the top I had my stove, then a silverware drawer (behind
the dish towels) and finally a two-shelf locker.
The galley was in chaos
in the photo below. I was moving stuff around and it was a
real mess. Ugh.
The duck's head on the right
→ is a handy and pretty
hook. I used to hang my umbrella on it.
Below the stove and hidden behind the dish
towels is my silverware drawer.
Beneath the silverware drawer is
a locker with a couple of shelves.
Getting rid of the old was not for
sissies. I hired a *shipwright for the job.
*Shipwright is simply a fancy term for a carpenter that works on
boats versus in houses. It does take a special talent as boats do
not have anything that is at a right angle. Not a thing is square. For proof
positive of that, and to remind you why I hired an expert this time, see the
Building a Locker (Part 1)
Building a Locker (Part 2).
Once removed you can see where the old hose from my propane tank
outside came through the aft bulkhead. The water hose is back in
place. In the cockpit I have a spigot to rinse off when I'm done
swimming. Before traipsing salt through the boat a quick shower is
nice. It's also refreshing.
remodel I had bolted a small shelf that fit my aluminum foil, Ziploc
baggies to the side of the old storage locker. With the locker sides removed however, I had nothing to attach my shelf
too. This is how I solved that issue.
Side Note: For
the sake of adequate ventilation (refrigerators put off a lot
of heat) I did not want to enclose the space the new reefer would
Between the sink and where my new refrigerator will
live is a small area of otherwise useless space. It's not real
accessible however it is perfect for storage of skinny stuff. I had
Pinterest and seen lots of great ideas for boxes of baggies and
such, none of which would work for Seaweed. I had to adapt.
I had a thin piece of wood
leftover from another project.
It's less than 1/4" thick. What I'm putting on it won't weigh much so sturdiness is not a
I needed to attach it and
had nothing on the right or left to bolt it to. That's when I
noticed the LIP where the hull and
cabin are bolted together. It's about 3/4" wide and would allow
that piece of wood to sit there.
To wedge the wood back, I
screwed in to the bottom of my countertop an
EYEBOLT. A small string holds the
shelf back against the hull.
photo was taken before the refrigerator was installed.
Voila: one shelf. Of course
once I had put it in place I realized without a fiddle to
prevent stuff from falling off, my boxes would not remain where
I wanted them.
No job is ever as easy as
imagined. I took the shelf back down. Then I added that little
1" high piece of wood you see above. To attach the fiddle, I
used small screws from the bottom of the shelf up.
Next I realized if I took a
piece of teak long enough for a paper towel roll to fit on, I
could have a snazzy paper towel holder too tucked out of the way
and still relatively convenient. The
STRING (one at each end) holds the teak roller in place.
Photo of new shelf, taken from inside the locker:
The new shelf tucks in beside my fruit and veggie net. It's not
perfect however it is Good Enough. And that is the story of my life.
cruising to you all.
I'd love to know where you store your tin foil and
On Pinterest I saw them in a magazine holder bolted to the inside of a
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