Date: 22 September 2015. Refrigerator
Guest author Cap'n Mike Lauman on M/V Beachcomber.
This piece is for
The Writer's Block.
It's written by a previous contributor. Captain Mike wrote
Electrical Field versus Compass (Captain Murphy)
that made me aware of a potential problem when underway in inclement
When the seas are kicking, stuff
happens. Here's how Mike prevents another issue when caught offshore
in rough water.
Mike and his bride Tina's cruising
grounds include the COLUMBIA RIVER,
Washington state's vast coast, the SAN JUAN'S and
The COLUMBIA RIVER runs
along much of the border between Washington state and Oregon.
A couple of times when we've found
ourselves in larger waves than normal things in the refrigerator
have shifted around and that caused the door to open and some of the
contents fell out onto the floor. The refrigerator and freezer doors
don't have latches on them from the factory.
I tried to think of a way that we
could add something to keep the doors firmly locked in place and
here's what I came up with. I cut a piece out of the side of a
gallon milk jug and installed two snaps for the doors then screwed
it to the frame above the refrig/freezer. It works great and it was
cheap to do. My kind of fix.
There was no pattern for it. I just took a milk jug
and cut a large square out of it. I then roughed out what the
final product looked like, screwed it in and added a couple of
snaps to the door.
I'm not sure what the proper term
is, but the "inflexibility" of the milk jug tends to hold the snap
ends down on top of the doors. When closing a door one must use a
finger to lift up the snap end, then snap it after the door is
Since we put that in we have not had an "accidental discharge" of
refrigerator contents onto the galley floor. Now, that being said, I
won't tell you the sad tale of my wife's pork roast that she had in
the slow cooker sitting on the counter. She has since put those
things on the stove top where there are rails around it to keep
stuff from sliding off.
I solved the crock-pot
problem by putting mine in the galley sink when underway. It
fits well and cannot slide anywhere.
That sounds righteous,
doesn't it? Well, actually there is no other place for my
crock-pot when in use except in the sink! Aboard Seaweed counter
space is at a premium.
M/V Beachcomber underway:
© Mike Lauman on
Beachcomber, a 1995 Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge.
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