Quick question for those with 42's... What is the size of the opening of the companion door?  I know it's more than the entry from the aft deck, but need to verify for a new fridge purchase...

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Hi Chris----it is 24.5,  It was wide enough for a 454-long block to fit thru and also a 90" leather couch and a 60" loveseat to fit. I picked up an extra 3/4" by taking the inside handle off. What brand and model frig are you shopping for?  My orig. frig. refuses to die-----made in America.    1967----42-----aft Commander       Bob

HI Bob... Thanks!

I'm looking at an Avanti 5.2 cubic foot fridge (AR52T3SB)... rings in at 23.5" wide, so looks like I'll be able to squeeze it in there.  Not made in America I'm afraid, but not tons of options out there either for that size.  I wanted something that would fill the cavity that I had created and I planned on a 24" width. 

Anything will be better the off brand ("Holiday") that was there when we purchased the boat... it decided to stop working, but thankfully we had already taken most everything out of it before going overseas for work and vacation for a month - could have been a lot worse!

Wide enough for Cummins 6bta's too.  Take the ref. door off. Still have my original GE in the shop

Chris, in the 35's that fridge needed to be an undercounter which meant a cooling fan and slightly elevated base.  This put the cost and selection into a narrower field.  If you have adequate venitilation that should not be a problem but if it is confined you might want to add a computer fan or two to help ventilate the coils.  The one you are looking at states undercounter so that should not be a problem.  Mine has a freezer so it needs to be defrosted regularly and I don't see an advantage for the freezer since ice is usually purchased and it wouldn't keep up with thirst anyway.  I have always claimed our fridge will store 90 beers and two half gallons of ice cream.  The freezer isn't deep enough for a gallon.

Hard to believe but the door width on a 47 is only 21 3/4” which is limiting. Somehow we have 2 undercounters that were fit in. It was less on our 35 so finding a fridge was difficult. Found something on line at 20” +-. It was frost free which was nice. If the engines ever have to come out, heaven help me, it will be a sawsall party on the cabin top. Byron, I think you could build several boats with all the stuff you have.
Chris I am not at the Boat. But I just put a new fridge in. A 10 cubic foot apartment style goes right in the side door with the fridge doors off. I have done it twice now.

Yup. Serious limitation. 24.5" would make all the difference. BTW, an Isotherm Cruise 219 fits perfectly into our little doors. I could not find a true stainless steel front that did, so the silver colour was the next best thing. I don't regret it, it's been great. This is the refrigerator I'm talking about Cruise 219

Mike Watson said:

Hard to believe but the door width on a 47 is only 21 3/4” which is limiting. Somehow we have 2 undercounters that were fit in. It was less on our 35 so finding a fridge was difficult. Found something on line at 20” +-. It was frost free which was nice. If the engines ever have to come out, heaven help me, it will be a sawsall party on the cabin top. Byron, I think you could build several boats with all the stuff you have.

Hey Tim... Yes, on the 35 I had an under the counter... with a quite useless freezer.  As you did, we replaced that unit (now used as a beer fridge in my garage) with a freezerless unit - best thing ever.

Originally my 42 probably came with a more "full sized" fridge I the neighborhood of 12 cubic feet with a separate freezer.  This limited the amount of storage space in the galley. Two owners before me, they took that out, added more counter space in the form of a goofy butcher block add on, and stuck in the current under the counter fridge/freezer in.  When I redesigned the galley, I added much needed cabinet space, and figured at some time I would add a freezer-less fridge.  Now's the time... Here's are pictures of the before (painted mahogany) and current (refinished) state of the galley....


 
Timothy "Tim" Miller said:

Chris, in the 35's that fridge needed to be an undercounter which meant a cooling fan and slightly elevated base.  This put the cost and selection into a narrower field.  If you have adequate venitilation that should not be a problem but if it is confined you might want to add a computer fan or two to help ventilate the coils.  The one you are looking at states undercounter so that should not be a problem.  Mine has a freezer so it needs to be defrosted regularly and I don't see an advantage for the freezer since ice is usually purchased and it wouldn't keep up with thirst anyway.  I have always claimed our fridge will store 90 beers and two half gallons of ice cream.  The freezer isn't deep enough for a gallon.

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