Remember how we were living large with a refrigerator? Well, the freon charge didn't last long after we finished our mojitos. About a month after getting the fridge fixed, we noticed that it was slowly getting warmer and warmer. Reluctantly, we accepted the fact that the charge was going to cost us some more.
Thor, our fridge guy, had anticipated this may happen, and had kindly given us a quote for $900 to replace the compressor and cold plate entirely. That plus labor. So for us to have ice and carry perishables on board, we threw in another $1200. God that hurts to write. THIS IS WHAT TWELVE HUNDRED DOLLARS LOOKS LIKE ON A BOAT. Not one bit sexy, is it?
Thor moved our thermostat to the port wall to keep us from bumping it when we reach into the fridge. He also wrote the numbers back on it so we wouldn't have to do our usual guessing method.
You see that frosty cold plate? That actually keeps ice cubes frozen. Mack has integrated a fridge check as part of his usual "checks" where he shoots his thermometer at various things in the boat. That boy loves his thermometer gun.
Even though it was an expensive investment, a fridge definitely makes boating more comfortable. You can have cold beer on hot days and are able to make much better food when aboard. Since the cold beer and good food are highlights of our sailing adventures for me, the pain of paying that much money will be worth it in the end. For now, though, we're going to need to freeze our accounts for a while.
Two people dumb enough to think anything is possible and smart enough to bumble their way into discoveries.