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Clay Greene

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Fridge Light & Arm
« on: July 10, 2011, 01:26:37 PM »

Here are a couple of photos of two nice quality of life improvements we made this year to Serendipity.  The stainless steel bending arm and hinges for the fridge top are from West Marine.  The light is a cooler light from LL Bean.  It is LED and motion sensitive so it lights up when you reach in to find that last beer.  I used to think that I preferred the front-opening fridges you see on newer boats but these two changes have made our top opening fridge almost as functional.  Installation of all of this took less than a half hour. 
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 01:29:16 PM »

Sorry, here is the photo of the arm. 
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 01:32:03 PM »

And just for good measure, here is a photo of the hinges. 
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011, 04:13:33 PM »

Nice mods. The hinges were the first modification to our boat in 2006.

I will be adding the lifting arm in the next couple of weeks.
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 04:20:19 PM »

Anyone looking for the lifting arm, they're called "Hatch Holders."

We have one for our fridge top, one for the middle piece above the engine and one for the nav station top.  Great things, you'll wonder how you lived without 'em.
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 04:25:53 PM »

Very nice modification and great pictures.  I especially like the light, as that is something I wouldn't have thought of.

Another item for the to-do list.

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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2011, 05:39:43 PM »

Guys : A number of us with the early MK Is have done something similar(1986/87/89).
 
I moved my florescent tube light forward and mounted a 2nd florescent over the stove.  My 1st Mate says there is enough light in the fridge from that overhead florescent.
 
The day after I bought the boat back in 1989, I installed a small brass cup hook that will engage the the ring on the fridge lid and hold the lid open.

I just mention this as my crew is happy with those fixes and says she does not need a light, lid holder (which I have on the engine and Nav table tops) or hinges (which I have on the salon screen)

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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2011, 09:20:03 PM »

Thanks, what size hatch holder did you get, my daughter  bought me a light exactly like you got, she will be thrilled to hear others did the same thing,
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011, 10:20:16 AM »

We bought the small West Marine hatch arm, all of $11.49.  We liked it so much that we added the medium arm for the chart table and the large arm for the port lazarette in the cockpit. 
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Re: Fridge Light & Arm
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2011, 02:23:19 PM »

Be very careful with those spring type hatch arms.  If your arm or hand accidentally touches it, it bends the spring and the hatch, or whatever is held up, will come crashing down.  I added a type of arm that you open the hatch all the way, a latch locks in place, and the arm stays open.  To close, you lift the hatch all the way open, the retaining latch disengages, then you close the hatch. It's rigid with a telescoping movement.  I have one on the refridgerator door and one on the cover for the engine compartment.  I bought them from Catalina Parts (Florida, Walter Pandy I think was his name), because I saw this on the refridgerator on one of the larger Catalina boats a the show several years ago.  I think they were about $12 each.
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