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#1 jzanardi



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 11:08 AM

Has anyone used the space under the rear seat (behind driver) as an ice chest?  The MB site shows a picture with ice and drinks in it.  Does it work well? there is no plug for the hole so I assume the melted ice water simply goes into the hull?  Does the ice stay ice long enough? Has anyone found a plug that would keep the ice water from running out? - thanks

#2 Bowkill1


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 11:53 AM

I use our all the time. Rubber tapered plug from ace hardware. Keeps ice 4-6 hrs. Correct it drains into the bilge.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:01 PM

I didn't care for the built in cooler so I cut mine out, I prefer to use my soft coolers instead. It also freed up a little more storage space that was unusable before. Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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#4 OrangeTJ


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 12:31 PM

My boat came with a soft cooler that perfectly fits that space. The cooler works very well (it’s an AO cooler).
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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:19 PM

Should have a fitted cooler too. 

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 09:29 PM

funny story......not really


This spring I brought the boat home from winter storage only to find that we left the soft cooler in the boat, all the cans froze and split. 

The cooler was a complete mess (more mold than a blue cheese factory). So my wife tossed it.


I thought "no big deal", I would just get another one....


the local dealer quoted me $190 for a replacement....so I said no thank you.  I did look around and found a "non MB" AO cooler for around $120 including shipping.  So I decided to try just using ice in the cooler and letting it drain.  So far it has been working well, other than it takes 3 bags of ice a day.


Sooooo I guess the lesson learned is DONT FORGET THE COOLER IN THE BOAT   :)

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#7 Paulj


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 03:22 PM

We use our AO soft cooler every time. Keeps ice all day!

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:44 AM

we use built in behind the drivers side and put the soft cooler on the other side

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