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Dorade Cowl

I own a 30' 1966 sailboat, I use to cruise in the Mediterranean sea, where I live. I'm thinking about replacing an old vent with a couple of bronze Dorade cowl vents on top of my roof. They look quite good, the only problem is that they steal space on deck, usually just where my wife uses to lay down and take sun-bath. So I wonder if there's any real alternative for the old, beautiful, Dorade Cowl. Wlaking arount I don't see much '30 footers with any kind of ventilators on deck, it's just a matter of cost or are they useless in hot climates?

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You could replace the vents with silar vents like these. Nicro Solar Vents
I'm sure they are available near you.

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Have you got any pictures of your boat, the area you want the vents?

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Here's my sailboat deck.

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Keep in mind that if you go with a cowl vent, at least on the forward ones, you will likely need/want guards. The solar vents would probably be cheaper and perform better in hot climates, but they wont last as long either. Plus the solar vents won't impede your view.




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But if you really want the traditional look of the beautiful cowl vents above (and they do look good, T37chef) be aware that many come with replacable caps that thread straight into the orafice that the cowl set into. Happy wife, happy life.
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The Womboat has dorades over the main cabin (just the El Cheapo plastic ones I'm afraid) and they work remarkably well.

Do those solar vents really do the job ? How waterproof are they ? I'd be worried that they'd take in water. We've taken white water bow to stern and never a drop below other than through a poorly sealed forward hatch.

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To reduce the dimension of the box that must go witha Dorade Cowl, I was wondering if could it work a Dorade cowl with, on it's underside, a mushroom cowl. Has anyone experienced anithing like this?
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I put my boxes on the inside of the cabin
They still aren’t completely done...I don’t have the interior ducting done but the boxes are sealed now and the drain is in (my finger shows the location before I put it in).
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Nice looking yacht James!!!

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