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Looking for info and recommendations on building Refrigerated Fish Boxes

Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Fortunate One, Mar 21, 2007.

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  1. Fortunate One

    Fortunate One New Member

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    I'm having a 48' custom express built. I was thinking about having the guys make fish boxes with copper lines run on the bottom and sandwiched between fiberglass.

    Now the questions.

    1) What is the best way to accomplish this?

    2) How is condensation handled below the box? I don't want it dripping into the bilge.

    3) If we have a refrigerated fish box will we still need to add ice or a saltwater slurry to it?

    4) Since it is a custom boat is it feasible to have this system also cool a drink box that I want to have built into the tackle center area?

    5) Am I trying to reinvent the wheel? Should I just get an Ice maker and a water maker set up and forget the idea of a refrigerated fish box?

    6) Are there any sportfishing boats that have refrigerated fish boxes?
  2. CaptainSilva

    CaptainSilva Senior Member

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    It really depends on what type of boat you have and where you want to locate these fishboxes. As far as preventing dripping, my insulated boxes are scuppered with screened drains to prevent clogging and also have a macerator pump attached to each. They drain out below the waterline through brass thru-hull setups. You could apply this setup on your boxes below the copper pipes to keep the bilge dry. Kind of serves a dual purpose, depending on what kind of bait you have in the boxes. Certain baits provide a constant chum slick behind the boat when anchored or drifting. In a few days I'll take a few pictures and post them here if you'd like. I also assume you have a generator/genset on board to run the refrigeration units? If not you're going to have a gnarly problem with dead batteries.

    As for question 3, that highly depends on what you're using for bait. Certain baits work better with kosher salt and dry ice, other work better with regular ice and kosher salt, and other baits work with a saltwater/kosher salt brine mixture, some are best if you don't add anything to them other than cold air.

    I noticed in you're from New England. If you don't mind my asking, who is building the boat? You can send me a PM if you don't want it broadcasted via the internet.

    Good Luck with the new boat and maybe we'll see eachother out there this summer!
  3. Fortunate One

    Fortunate One New Member

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    Capt. Silva check your PM.
  4. CaptainSilva

    CaptainSilva Senior Member

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    And check yours:)