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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:20 am 
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I keep finding the "social boat" writeup on the Getaway, mentioning the blue mesh coolers or storage compartments built into each hull. But I cannot find a drawing or even a photo of these coolers.

Does anyone know where I can find a photo of this section of the Getaway hull? I mean, will this cooler handle a six pack of beer? A block of ice? a first aid kit? Is it waterproof? Useful?

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 Post subject: Getaway coolers
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:47 am 
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The coolers are compartments actually molded into the hull. They are not mesh. They have gasketed lids on them kind of like waterproof kayak compartments. I don't recall the dimensions...roughly 12"x12" but they easily have room for a six pack or two in each along with ice to keep them cool. Of course, there is one in each hull. They have a built in drain that allows water to drain directly out of the hulls under the main trampoline.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:59 am 
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I think the "blue mesh coolers" you are referring to is the small mesh tramp pocket located near the mast on the main tramp. It is a heat welded pocket that can store a few small things. I can fit my water bucket in it.

The coolers are built into each hull of the getaway with water resistant lid and drain plug. Each cooler can hold approximately 12 cans of beer, or 1 large bag of chips, 2 sodas, and waterproof camera (official nautical means of measurement as listed in 7 CFR 210 appendix b). These coolers are NOT waterproof! In fact, they seem to miraculously fill up with water even on dry land! So don't put any cigars, tuna fish sandwiches, diapers, magazines, or pet gerbils in there without putting them in waterproof bags first.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:02 pm 
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Although Hobie calls them "coolers" in their parts breakdown they have no insulation and if you like cold beer, ice won't last long. I use freezer packs but still you have to pack carefully. Of course I sail in the tropics. I would love to see hobie insulate the outsides of the boxes before putting them in the hulls. I found a small soft cooler that will fit inside the hatch. They are not great for storage unless your storing bait fish.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 11:36 am 
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The major problem with putting beer in my one side cooler is it can explode. Best I can figure is that my one cooler lid doesn't seal as tight (due to my own fault when I got a shroud caught under it stepping the mast and bend the plastic lock) as the other and some spray must be getting forced into the cooler, along with some agitation to melt the ice. The super frozen beer bursts.

(If you didn't know when salt melts ice it soaks up a lot of thermal energy even when remaining at 32 degrees.)

Anyway a cooler full of burst beer cans and bottles is not tasty. Just to note this only happens on days when 2 people out on the trap isn't enough to keep the sail hauled in on a reach.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:00 pm 
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The "blue mesh pocket"? Isn't that halyard storage? That's what I use if for.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:12 am 
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That's what I use it for as well. To store the main halyard.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:40 pm 
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I wonder how difficult it would be to remove the coolers, you guys are right, the coolers are not insulated and don't keep things cool for long. Insulating them would be easy if taking them out is not too difficult. I use them quite a lot for both coolers and storage. I wonder if I could add additional "coolers".


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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:34 pm 
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Cooler/storage bins are molded as part of the hull. The hatch is screwed on but the bin is one and the same with the hull. Only way to remove would be to cut them out. Then you would have to replace with some kind of aftermarket drop in bin and hatch.


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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:17 pm 
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I see, that,s why they are not insulated then, there's no way to get to do it. I noticed today that even the lid isn't insulated, I guess you could insulate them by gluing some camp mat foam to the inside. Insulating the lit would be easy and may actually help.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:14 am 
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Han,

I've been looking for soft coolers that will just fit in the storage compartments. Can you tell me where you got yours?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:47 am 
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I have an 01 getaway and am looking to replace to storage hatch system in each hull. Does anyone know if there is a replacement for this part and will it fit the 01 model?

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