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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 23 Mar 2008 04:11 #1

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I got tired of the cooler sliding around in my 1802, so I mounted it in the motor well. I took two heavy duty shelving brackets( 1" wide x 1/4" thick) and 12" each leg from the hardware store. Put the bracket in a vise and use a 15" crescent wrench to bend the bracket to about 120 degrees. Drill and screw the bracets to the floor of the motor well, pushing them up against the front and sealing all holes and screws with 3M 4200. An igloo marine 36 quart cooler will sit perfect on top, with the motor well stopping it from moving on 3 sides. I put a small eyebolt on either side of the well using a straight edge held against the back of the cooler to mark the location. Stretch a rubber bungee from eye to eye and it will hold the cooler in place in any conditions. My 115 mercury 4 stroke outboard can be trimmed until the prop clears the water with the cooler in place, but be sure to remove it before trimming all the way up for the travel lock, as the last inch of trim will contact the cooler. Tried it out last weekend, it used up wasted space and kept the cockpit clear while we pulled in one rainbow after another.:)

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 23 Mar 2008 06:33 #2

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Send some pics...We would like to see it.

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 23 Mar 2008 20:47 #3

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 23 Mar 2008 22:49 #4

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looks great! and you picked up a few square ft of deck space in the process!

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 24 Mar 2008 03:45 #5

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Are you worried about the brackets rusting?

If so, ask a local powder coater to throw them in the next batch of anything black he's doing. He may do them for $10-15 and save you a rusty mess.

Other than that it looks like a good idea.

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 24 Mar 2008 17:01 #6

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:arr Yah know, this MadMatt is gonna fit right in with this Pirate Crew :D :kidding

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 24 Mar 2008 19:04 #7

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Looks like a good idea for OB powered boats. One thing I would do differently is to add a brace to the front of your brackets. Over time those brackets will bend without additional support.

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 25 Mar 2008 03:33 #8

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The brackets are cadnium plated, which I hope is good for 3-4 years. If not, I'll just spend another couple bucks. If they bend, I can bend them back. I had originally planned to make them from stainless, but all I had on the pile was 12 gage and 1/2", and some 3x3x1/4 angle. This would look really sweet using 1/2" OD x .035 stainless tubing, bend it in a triangle and GTAW weld it to itself. You could flatten the mounted side with a hammer or vise, and drill it for screws. It seems like you never have time for your own projects. I'll keep an eye on the support and let you all know if it starts to deflect. The nice thing about a 36 quart is even full of ice and beer it probably tops out at 30 pounds or so.

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2004 Trophy 1802

Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 25 Mar 2008 09:48 #9

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Good idea.. Always need some more room on the boat..

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 27 Mar 2008 06:35 #10

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Great idea! I always wanted to put a table there but I could use the cooler top as one.

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 27 Mar 2008 16:12 #11

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I was in West Marine the other day and noted a new style Rubber Maid cooler they are selling. It is "Square-ish" and also has rod holders on the side. Same thing I have done for a "Middle Seat" to eliminate the Trophy jump seats. Also, any cooler should have a built in tape measure on the top for measuring all the fish we catch :prod :kidding

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 27 Mar 2008 17:25 #12

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Damn, now you tell me. I thought that measure was so when you get really hammered you can tell which ones are the Tall Boys!

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 27 Mar 2008 17:33 #13

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So Matt. Just curious. How did the Smart Tabs work that you installed on your 1802?. I have yet to get mine out on the water after my install.

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Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 28 Mar 2008 02:21 #14

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I 'll let you know in 2 weeks. We have the yacht club spring kickoff this weekend, and I'll try them out on the 5th.

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2004 Trophy 1802

Trophy 1802 Cooler Install 28 Mar 2008 15:39 #15

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Thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you....

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