Freezer box and new electrical panel

A couple of days, since our last update here. We have been busy with boatwork. So thought it was time for a small update what has been going on lately. What we been focusing on is to finish our fish freezer (earlier blog posts about that can be found here) as we got the last pieces of wood needed. We ordered most of the wood we’ve used from a local carpenter.

Starting to make a frame for the freezer.
The frame for the freezer box.
The frame in position together with the top cover.
Everything oiled with lin-seed oil for protection and to make it look nice.
Starting to make a lid for the freezer. A piece of insulation glued onto a piece of plywood. And then some nice wood on the sides to make it fit the frame we just made. 
Time to glue all pieces together.
We also added a layer of epoxy on the inside of the lid, so the insulation doesn’t start to fall apart and to make a nice clean surface. We will later paint the blue inside white and attach a handle on the lid as well.

We have also started to make a new electrical panel. On the old one there were several things we didn’t need and no room for some new items we wanted to have. So we made a new one.

The new clean electrical panel.
Figuring out where to position everything.
Almost all holes cut out. Next up will be to oil it and then attach all panels.

We also hope that we soon will be able to haul out and then it will be a couple of weeks of hard work to get everything ready below the waterline.


More freezer progress

Finally we have finalized our own-made freezer for our sailboat, and we are really happy with it! It was quite bigger than we first thought and it looks really fresh. We are still a bit unsure if the cooler we bought will be able to keep temperatures below freezing but if not we just have an extra cooling box. As mentioned before is a Danfoss BD35F compressor with a plate evaporator that is as good as new.

Earlier we had started adding insulation into the freezer and after that was done we started covering the surface with white-painted aluminum.

Aluminum surface added inside the freezer/cooling box. We bent the bottom piece to match the shape of the bottom, as we had shaped that so that the bottom is horizontal.
The top part of the freezer where the plate evaporator for the cooler will be attached on.
As said above, the bottom piece of the aluminum was bent. For the remaining pieces we added marine sealant.
The stern cabin starting to come together.
Testing out how the refrigeration unit should be positioned. We have built a stand for the cooler and will also have a cover for the cooler so that we can use the storage without damaging the cooler.
The evaporating plate attached to the top and the refrigeration unit in position in the storage space next to the freezer.
The evaporating plate is attached to the top with some distance in between.
The cover for the cooler also in position, now we only need a nice surface on the top, a lid for the freezer and some ventilation for the refrigeration unit.

If you want more posts about our freezer and how we built it, all posts about it can be found under the tag freezer.

Freezer progress

Lately we have continued with our future fish freezer. We have started to add insulation to it, in the form of some kind of styrofoam with closed cells. The closed cells means that it wont absorb any water.

Before we started adding insulation we replaced one of the “walls” to the freezer. The old one was pretty worn out and also had a big hole in it for the old chiller.

We replaced the old “wall” of the freezer box to a new fresh piece of wood instead.
First layer of styrofoam glued on the the sides of the freezer.

As mentioned above, the styrofoam we have used is a closed cell styrofoam. Each piece is 5 cm (2″) thick and for the side walls we will have 2 layers of styrofoam as insulation, so 10 cm (4″) in total. The bottom of the freezer follows the shape of the hull, which means it is not so easy to make pieces of styrofoam that fits. We also want to have a straight bottom, to be able to attach the aluminium we plan to have as surface in the freezer.

What we did to solve this was to make to “half-moon” (kind of) shaped pieces of styrofoam. The pieces follows the hull in the bottom and are straight on the top. We attached them on the hull next to the side walls. Then we filled the bottom of the freezer with expanding sealing foam between the half-moon pieces and attached a piece of styrofoam on top of that.

The bottom piece in position, underneath it we have filled up with expanding sealing foam.
After the sealing foam had dried, we drilled holes in the bottom piece and filled up with some extra expanding sealing foam to make sure the entire space beneath gets filled.

Next up will be next layer of styrofoam, prepare the aluminum pieces, fix the top part of the freezer and then add the chiller.

If you want more posts about our freezer and how we built it, all posts about it can be found under the tag freezer.

As we mentioned some weeks ago we also found some really wet wood when removing old insulation. We have started to remove all of this wet wood and today we actually found the source to the leakage, or at least one of them, there could of course be more of them. It is a hole  in the plastic in one of our open storages in the cockpit, so we will have some plastic repairs to do there in the spring. Fortunate that we already have a lot of experience with plastic repairs 😉

We have also started to set up some roof panels, and it is starting to look real good in the boat! 🙂

Building our own freezer

Before our summer sail we bought a new refrigerator from Dometic (more about in an old blog post, click HERE), instead of making our own, but now we will start building a freezer as a complement to our refrigerator so that we can store all fish we will (hopefully) catch. Next to the entrance under the bed there have been a cooling box previously, so we will use the same space as well, but with some modifications.

First up to do was to remove the old insulation in the box, and the old cooler. We will use another, newer, one we have already, from a refrigerator in a truck. It is a Danfoss BD35F compressor with a plate evaporator that we will mount in the top of the new freezer.

building freezer
Started to remove the old insulation. The cooling box as it was before didn’t have any surface above the styrofoam and some of them were really dirty and it was a lot of smell inside the cooling box. Very nice to get rid of it.
Styrofoam removed and the old cooler.
The box zoomed out.

As we want a freezer we will add more insulation than it was previously in the box, we will also use closed cell foam insulation that does not absorb any water. We will cover the insulation with white-painted aluminum.  This gives us a surface that is easy to clean. We removed some of the wood around the box to make it a bit bigger and since the new top will lay on the insulation.

building freezer

Unnecessary wooden parts removed and measuring how big the freezer we are building actually will be.

The freezer won’t be very big but we are prioritizing low power consumption instead of having a large freezer. This way the food we store here will be kept cold and if it should break for some reason the items will stay cool for a longer time.

If you want more posts about our freezer and how we built it, all posts about it can be found under the tag freezer.

During the weekend we have also started to prepare a roof to match our new mahogany strips. Our boat will soon look absolutely amazing! 🙂