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Mine is going on 2 years and it's noisy. the one before it died in a couple of years too. WM assured me on this last one that It's covered and in the computer if it goes bad.

"Product Features:

• Circulates fresh air in boat cabin eliminating mold, mildew and musty air
• Moves 1,000 cubic feet of air/hour or 24,000 cubic feet of air/day
(4” model)
• Rechargeable battery allows for 24-hour continuous operation
• Whisper quiet fan operation
• No wiring required
• Interchangeable intake and exhaust fans
• High capacity NiMh battery operates vent for up to 40 hours without
sunlight on a full charge
• 2 year limited warranty
• All mounting hardware, interior trim ring, and insect screen included
• Direct to deck installation
• 3” and 4” models are available to fit any deck or hatch installation
• Built-in on/off fan switch
• Complete air and green water shut-off from below
• All Day/Night PLUS models come complete with two fan blades,
white plastic interior trim ring, insect screen, mounting hardware
and an easy-to-understand installation manual.
• Replaces NICRO 3” & 4” snap-in deck plates
(fits existing holes once snap-in deck plates are removed)"

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Jim, neither of mine have that feature. They are each OEM models about 15 years old. Day/Night 2000 model. I upgraded the batteries to NiMh.
Tim, mine is 1995 vintage so about 18 years old. The only time I close the vent is if we're sleeping aboard and running a portable heater. Otherwise it stays open.

The original owner installed dorades and the fan. Together they keep the air from getting stale below.

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Mine is going on 2 years and it's noisy. the one before it died in a couple of years too. WM assured me on this last one that It's covered and in the computer if it goes bad.

"Product Features:

• Circulates fresh air in boat cabin eliminating mold, mildew and musty air
• Moves 1,000 cubic feet of air/hour or 24,000 cubic feet of air/day
(4” model)
• Rechargeable battery allows for 24-hour continuous operation
• Whisper quiet fan operation
• No wiring required
• Interchangeable intake and exhaust fans
• High capacity NiMh battery operates vent for up to 40 hours without
sunlight on a full charge
• 2 year limited warranty
• All mounting hardware, interior trim ring, and insect screen included
• Direct to deck installation
• 3” and 4” models are available to fit any deck or hatch installation
• Built-in on/off fan switch
• Complete air and green water shut-off from below
• All Day/Night PLUS models come complete with two fan blades,
white plastic interior trim ring, insect screen, mounting hardware
and an easy-to-understand installation manual.
• Replaces NICRO 3” & 4” snap-in deck plates
(fits existing holes once snap-in deck plates are removed)"
Wow, that's not good news Denise. Mine's 18 years old and still working, it's the circuit that controls charging from the solar panel that quit.

It doesn't sound like the new ones are anywhere near the quality of the old.

Has anyone tried the Sunforce fans that Defender carries?

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I just installed 2 of them, Jim. I called a well-known distributor of both And asked if they had a recommendation of one over the other. They said that, as a distributor of both brands, they couldn't recommend one (conflict issue), but both seemed to have equally low percentages of returns/complaints.

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Solar fans really are pretty much useless for anything other then moving enough air to prevent mold/mildew build up in a tightly closed boat. One could move more air with a natural draft created by just standing a long pipe over the hole in the deck! (chimney effect) Oh that long pipe would/could be a mast! LOL

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You single handed sailors may not know it but apparently there are times when you really want to move a lot of air out of the boat. I've found that a 12 volt fan from a computer power supply can be directly mounted on the deckhead on the dorade vent and controlled with a timer from automotive shop for delay headlight control,(up to 3 min) .That should be enough for safe reentry into the vessel .
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12 volt radiator fan Len. Whoosh!

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We have one in the head, perfect place for one as it helps take the moisture out ader showers as also keeps the air xchanged in a potentially smelly area. Especially when we close the boat up and re away for one week.



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Solar fans really are pretty much useless for anything other then moving enough air to prevent mold/mildew build up in a tightly closed boat.
Umm, no mildew odor = marital bliss = worth the price of the fan

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I guess I should say "'moving enough air to make the boat comfortable Like a whole house fan would."

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