Insulating fish boxes

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Insulating fish boxes

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Has anyone on here insulated their fish boxes? Mine melt 20lbs of ice in a few hours. I checked bloodydecks and ifish, but wondering what people have done on their Hewescrafts.

I emailed Wilderness Designs about getting custom bags made for the boxes and under the bilge, but since we may be selling the boat in the next few years to upgrade to a 270 Pacific Explorer I'm not sure I want to make that investment.

Has anyone done the cheaper mod of cutting foam and wrapping in aluminum tape? Did you install a drain for that setup so the pump can remove water from the fish boxes? Any issues with corrosion?

Thanks in advance!
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I use what the commercial fishermen call ice blanket. It is very dense sheet foam purchased at commercial fishing store LFS.

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There's an outfit called WPS or WIlderness Pack Systems that makes custom insulated kill bags to your measurements. They make them to fit inside fish boxes on aluminum boats... If I ever have an extra $500 laying around, I want to get 2 (one of the transom box, one for the in-floor.)

You can remove them to clean, which is way better than taping in foam sheets.
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I've been tossing around the idea of using foam insulating panels, caulking the seems and spraying with something like Flex Seal. This is the kind of panel I was looking at. There are also panels with higher R-Factors and greater density.
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I would worry about trapped moisture/saltwater behind the panels and corrosion. I would really want something that is removable.
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