Date: 1 November 2015. Securing the
galley is coming along nicely. I've installed the refrigerator
successfully. See the
Securing a Refrigerator (fans too)
article for details on that. Additionally, I now have a shelf above
the refrigerator. That shelf makes a perfect spot for a microwave
oven. Today I'll tell you how I have mounted the microwave so it
cannot move while underway.
My Rival 700 watt microwave sitting
on the shelf:
Immediately I'm certain you can see a problem or three. The first
issue I spotted was that window. Should the boat get waked badly the
corner of the microwave could come in contact with the aft window.
To prevent that I took a small piece of wood and screwed it into the
teak window frame.
Eventually I'll do something creative with the back
side of that wood. It is visible from the cockpit.
I wanted the side of the
microwave to almost touch the wood.
The addition of a scrap of cutting board
leftover from another project [see the
Backing Plate Concerns
article] was just what I needed. Now the microwave is next to
Vibration might be a
problem though. I'm not fond of rattles. That's why I added a
thin piece of white rubber between the brace and microwave.
A chameleon investigates my microwave↓
The most important part
of my setup is that little square of StarBoard you see just
below the chameleon's tail. It prevents the microwave from
Yes, a chameleon came
aboard for a short time. I did not object as they eat
When I was a kidlet I had
a pet chameleon for a while. Actually I had whole series of
them. As soon as they'd disappear I'd catch another one. None
Next I needed to prevent the microwave from sliding sideways and
then forward. The easiest solution I could come up with involved two
more pieces of cutting board. Yes, I could have used wood. I thought
the cutting board would be better. It is easier to cut (less messy)
and won't warp if it gets wet.
with a dull jigsaw blade netted me a couple of pieces that were a
bit wobbly. So too am I. Because these will not be visible, they are
After they were cut I drilled
holes in them. Three holes along the front strip and two on the
shorter side piece.
not measure to get the holes spaced perfectly. Instead I eyeballed
it and drilled away. Not every project needs to be perfect. Good
Enough and done are sometimes quite sufficient.
microwave will be wedged into the corner. I placed it on the shelf,
marking where the two cutting board braces needed to be. Then
I screwed the braces down. Voila: done.
The long side isn't real straight. The microwave
won't wiggle so I'm going to call it Good Enough.
The microwave cannot slide sideways.
It will not be able to slide forward either.
The final potential problem would be a bounce. What if the microwave
could jounce up with a jolt and then go forward and fall off the
shelf?!? When things are rocking and rolling the last thing you want
to hear while at the helm is a crash.
there's nothing you can do when something falls. It's already too
the microwave from jumping was the final stage of the process. In
that regard I wanted to secure the microwave to the countertop.
about building a box. A box or cabinet would allow me a place to put
things on top of the nuker. The box idea failed as the last thing a
23' boat needs is a flat surface with Stuff on it.
clutter is a constant battle for me.
decided on a strap. I wish I had a wider black strap in my stash.
This one, formerly for a camera is adequate. The strap does not have
to be super strong as momentum would be required to break it. As
that cannot happen this is quite Good Enough.
The strap is outbound, at the
center of where the microwave sits.
I removed one of the bolts that holds the shelf to the hinge. Next I
used my soldering gun to burn a hole in the black strap. Then added
a fender washer and poked the bolt through the strap. Finally I put
the bolt back where it came from, using the original locknut to
secure everything together.
I am concerned that the strap might be frayed by the fender washer.
I'll be keeping an eye on that. If I find a problem I will redo the
hole. There is plenty of extra strap length. The next time I'll add a
rubber gasket under the fender washer. I should have done so
originally but didn't think of it at the time...
CAMERA STRAP secures
microwave with TIE DOWN LOOP at bottom.
On the opposite side I thru-bolted a tie down loop. (It's visible
just above those lovely bolts for my newest solar panels.) On the
under side of the shelf I used both fender washers and locknuts.
That tie down loop is not going anyplace.
tightening the strap I am able to guarantee the microwave will
remain in place while underway. Additionally, I'll be able to nuke
aka cook while underway as the door is unaffected by my multi-prong
The microwave will stay cool
because I have not blocked the vents.
All and all, I'm a happy boater. The microwave is perfect for
heating water for my tea. I can enjoy popcorn in less than five
minutes with no pans to wash up. I tell you this: I love having a
microwave almost as much as my refrigerator/freezer.
truly wonderful afloat. I am blessed to be here.
Do you have a microwave aboard your boat?
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