Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 19 of 22

Cool Gadget to Keep Your Frozen Food Frozen


Here’s a simple gadget that I built in a couple of hours a few years ago that makes a huge difference to the effectiveness of our freezer, by circulating the air so the stuff at the top and farthest from the plates does not thaw, while the food at the bottom and against the plates remains frozen, particularly when the freezer is packed tight.

The materials added up to less than $30 and over the years it has saved a lot of expensive food from spoiling; not to speak of protecting us from possible food poisoning as a result of partially thawed food—I get enough technicolour yawns from seasickness, thank you.

Here’s what you need to build one for yourself:

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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