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Hella Turbo fans are the best 12v fans (quiet but strong airflow)... we have a number on our boat. I tested one next to the Caframo unit and found them to push more air at a quieter level. Practical Sailor reviewed a number of 12v fans a few months back and felt the Hella Turbo was the best unit. If you use them, make sure there's room behind them for them to pull air mass from. They get weaker when they are right up against a bulkhead. I can't sleep without a constant airflow, so I've done a ton of fan research. Here's what I can tell you about the battery operated fans - get the West Marine "Crew Fan" - part # 1844851. They are made by Caframo, but are not the same as the newer Caframo battery powered units - they are like the older Caframo's. The new Caframo's can't tilt more than 90 degrees (think about putting the fan on a shelf above you and then aiming it down - more than 90 degrees) and they don't have infinite speed adjustment. The West Marine's can tilt to more than 135 degrees, and have a potentiometer to allow infinite adjustment of fan speed. They are EXCELLENT units except for the replacement cost of 4 "D" cells, but you could look at going rechargeable.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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