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Walt352 11-18-2010 05:03 PM

solar powered vent
I have a 4" hole in the forward center deck of my c30 had a vent or something there at one time. I was thinking about a solar powered vent to put there could anyone tell me if this is a good idea and if so who makes the a good vent.

Faster 11-18-2010 05:11 PM

A solar vent is not a bad idea.. helps to keep the air moving and that's all good. Such a vent on the foredeck, however is a bit dodgy.. not sure any of these things are truly watertight and an unexpected wave could get the berth wet under some conditions.

Some people carry a deck plate too and remove the vent and put in the plate while underway to deal with that issue.. but it's another chore that you'll likely forget one day....

However if it is to be located on the foredeck be sure to get a SS one rather than a plastic one so that accidentally stepping on it isn't going to damage it so easily. Any marine supplier should be able to get you one....Like this:

MARC2012 11-19-2010 02:47 AM

They do leak,are VERY expensive.are not repairable from manufacturer.Just threw one in dumptster.marc

Beersmith 11-19-2010 07:21 AM

to those who do not recommend them...

would you prefer dorade/cowl type vents in place of solar fans?

MARC2012 11-19-2010 07:45 AM

Dorade by far.marc

QuickMick 11-19-2010 10:15 AM


Originally Posted by MARC2012 (Post 668169)
They do leak,are VERY expensive.are not repairable from manufacturer.Just threw one in dumptster.marc

looks like you can find some deals if you look around...

Shop for Boat Solar Vents at - Solar Powered Vent, Stainless Steel & ABS -

i do have a dorade w/a 12v fan mounted under it which works well.

MARC2012 11-19-2010 11:06 AM

Those are some really good prices.Still don't want one.marc

rmeador 11-19-2010 02:05 PM

They leak, huh? I've been thinking about installing one in my head, which is directly aft of the V-berth. If I get a little water in the head from a wave, that's ok, but if it's a lot of water or if it also leaks when it rains, that's a no-go. Do you know if some brands are less leaky than others?

christyleigh 11-19-2010 02:31 PM


Originally Posted by rmeador (Post 668302)
if it also leaks when it rains

I've installed 2 or 3 Nicro Solar 24/7 vents in my last 5 boats and they DO NOT LEAK in the rain - even driven rain and wave spray that was reaching me back in the cockpit. The only problem I have ever had was with one in/on a forward sloping forward hatch that when waves broke on the bow the water rolled up the slope - just like a beach - and Under the protective cover. If I had pulled out the vent and replaced it with the supplied deck plate Before bashing into steep waves there would have been no leakage. Since then I have now switched to the Nicro 24/7's with the sleeve that slides up and down to totally block out water. I also have never caught one with a genoa sheet - the hatch that is was in yes - but never the vent itself. Of course every boat and every person has gone through different situations but those are mine.

bluwateronly 11-19-2010 02:46 PM

I am not understanding why someone would put a 4" hole in a deck. Dorads okay, if you can plug in heavy weather. The problem I see is if you go upside down that's alot of water that can get in. I won't even mention core problems if not installed correctly. All this for a little air that a porthole provides when needed. I would glass it and fair it then gelcoat it. Just me.

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