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Here's how i built a custom sized fiberglass cooler on the cheap

Old 03-09-2019, 06:06 PM
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Sweet! adding any carry handles or will it be a semi-permanent install?
not for now. Given location, I can't see not leaving this on boat 24/7.

I feel like old old school stainless handles will make it look "homemade".

Threw a 16# bag of ice in new cooler and in a 75 yeti tomorrow, taking boat out tomorrow, I'll report back with my findings. It was low 70s today, ice went in at 1:00, no significant melt at 7:00 tonight in either cooler.
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:23 AM
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If you decide you want handles, this is how i do them. Just a length of pvc pipe glassed over and faired in. Slide in rope and handle of your choice.



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Ice test was a success.

Wasnt terribly scientific though, as I took the boat out today. At 1:00 yesterday I threw 16 pounds in each cooler. Got down to about 60 last night, high low 70s today and yesterday.

Was in and out of the new cooler all day, as were my devil children and bride. Still had about a third of a bag left. Probably a half bag in the yeti, which wasn't opened at all the whole time.

Bottom line it holds ice well enough for my purposes.
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So quick question as I am trying this for a aft bench/cooler for cruising trips. I am thinking smaller lid opening for access underneath transom cap. How would you hing that?
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Originally Posted by snappergapper View Post
So quick question as I am trying this for a aft bench/cooler for cruising trips. I am thinking smaller lid opening for access underneath transom cap. How would you hing that?
you'll need to split the top piece. I'd glass the back halfmof the top as an integral part of the cooler, then use piano hinge on the front half.

If i I didn't have the slides on mine I would have done the same thing.

Google "split top cooler lid" it will give you some ideas.
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:11 PM
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Yes like that but I also want to make the sides glassed in. Thinking the outside red lines would be the lid. Seems doable. I assume after you glassed the seems inside is when you rounded all the edges outside.
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Yes like that but I also want to make the sides glassed in. Thinking the outside red lines would be the lid. Seems doable. I assume after you glassed the seems inside is when you rounded all the edges outside.
only flaw with that design is air flow. And fairing everything perfect will be time consuming, you'll have a dime sized gap all around lid.

on the build, I'd leave the wholetop off til you've faired all of the inside. Glassing upside down isn't a ton of fun...

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Very nice, but it looks like the right side is about an inch higher than the left. Take a measurement to see if the floor is level.
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Old 03-18-2019, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post

only flaw with that design is air flow. And fairing everything perfect will be time consuming, you'll have a dime sized gap all around lid.

on the build, I'd leave the wholetop off til you've faired all of the inside. Glassing upside down isn't a ton of fun...

That's what I'm doing with my built in fishbox. Faired and gelcoated the majority of the inside and left a ~1 1/2" strip raw around the top edge to apply a small tab to the underside of the deck. I will cover the finished surfaces with cardboard and paper to minimize any product dripping onto my finish gelcoat.
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