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besides the cost - any reason not to have them? The plastic white ones just don't seem to do the boat justice -

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I changed mine to chromed bronze they match my winches....Dale

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Keeping them polished is a major chore. I spent a summer making a 1929 Elco "shipshape" every day, and by the time I'd finished shining everything once, it was not only lunchtime, but time to start over, too. A dull green patina develops eventually, even if they're laquered, unless you keep after them. They're also pretty heavy.
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thanks guys - sounds like one vote for and one against - but Paul, did you go back to plastic with all that said?

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I have chrome vetus ones. No issues and look great. Sont require constant polishing. They are way more expensive though than the PVC ones.

I have a question? Why is mine red inside...some are white?

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Re: bronze cowl vents

Use cast bronze or spun brass cowls if you have a traditional style boat - clipper bow, schooner, Channel cutter etc. and don't mind either polishing them all the time or the green patina they acquire if left alone.

On a more modern boat, use stainless steel or cast aluminium.

Chromed ANYTHING has no place on a boat IMO - it will pit and peel for certain. Usually sooner rather than later as well.

Those cheap PVC ones have no place on ANY boat - the ultimate in tacky and they aren't even that cheap. They also don't move enough air to offset cutting a hole in your deck.
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I have chrome vetus ones. No issues and look great. Sont require constant polishing. They are way more expensive though than the PVC ones.

I have a question? Why is mine red inside...some are white? Dave
Red is a traditional colour for the inside of them. I think they look very deluxe if the inside is painted the same as the hull or boot stripe colour.
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Re: bronze cowl vents

One reason to go with the softer plastic/rubberized ones is for the safety of the deck crew. If someone falls on a hard cowl vent it is going to hurt, a lot. Plastic, not so much.
I do agree that the metal ones may look nicer but they come with an extra helping of maintenance. The plastic ones look like Shrek's ears.

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On a more modern boat, use stainless steel or cast aluminium.

Chromed ANYTHING has no place on a boat IMO - it will pit and peel for certain. Usually sooner rather than later as well.
On closer inspection my vetus dorades are stainless...not chrome
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One reason to go with the softer plastic/rubberized ones is for the safety of the deck crew. If someone falls on a hard cowl vent it is going to hurt, a lot. Plastic, not so much.
I do agree that the metal ones may look nicer but they come with an extra helping of maintenance. The plastic ones look like Shrek's ears.
Merely doubling the cost again will give you a nice stainless tubing guard for the vent and it will also double as a very nice grab bar for that flying crew.

Lets see - nasty PVC 4" cowl & plastic dorade ~$125

Beautiful S/S 4" cowl ~ $300, S/S tube protector ~ $300, Teak dorade box ~ $150 = $750

$750 VS $125 EACH - how can there be any question which you must have on your boat.

Just think - the typical Hinckley has 6 or 8 of them - $5 or $6K, just for deck ventilators. Helps to explain why their boats cost so much.

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