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Solar Vent for 4" Threaded Dorade Box

I would love to have a pair of solar vents that would screw directly onto the 4" threaded deck plates on my boat's dorade boxes.

I've hunted all over, w/o success.

Anyone have any ideas for me?

Thanks.

This time of year, I think it would be great to have one solar vent blowing in and one blowing out. I'm thinking the boat would go from being hot and stuffy to just hot. :-) Thanks.
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I thought about putting solar vents on my dorades but I don't really see how the suck mode could work, since the dorade box drains outside. I would think the fan would suck as much outside air as inside.

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As soon as I read your reply, I felt the need to dope slap my forehead. Good point.

The only consolation I feel is to know I'm not alone in having the thought.

Thank you for the reply. I have a Southern Cross 31 on the mouth of the Potomac.
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guys, just plug the drains. Remove the thread plate and viola! a four inch hole for your vent. These vents do have collars which slide up and block the ingress of water, though they may be hard to access in the dorade. Good Luck
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one thing your all overlooking is the feeble amount of air the solar fans don't move! You'll get more flow by natural convection (in my humble opinion.)

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