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Source for dorade cowling

All of the cowlings for my Mason 43 were stolen. I'm looking for a source to replace them. I'm braced for sticker shock. Any leads on a reasonably priced source would be greatly appreciated. Given that the boat was built in Taiwan, the originals were probably made there. Thanks.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

Here is a start: (yup, expensive!)

SailBoatStuff - ABI Low Profile Cowl Vents, Compact Cowl Vents, Round Cowl Vents and Parts
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

Some of the secondhand and consignment shops, like Sailorman in FLL should be able to locate cowls for you at way less than new prices.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

I sold 2 of them to Minney's Yacht Surplus a couple of months ago and they ship anywhere.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

How do the ABI vents compare quality wise ? They seem exceptionally well priced compared to the Vetus product which is wow expensive but also wow quality.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

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I sold 2 of them to Minney's Yacht Surplus a couple of months ago and they ship anywhere.
And sww's sweet chariot is also Taiwanese boat -- a Vagabond 39! (...although that pilothouse kind of detracts from the lines of what would otherwise be one fabulous looking old shoe )


Note: Por Fin is a Vag 39 trunk cabin, not a pilot house
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

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How do the ABI vents compare quality wise ? They seem exceptionally well priced compared to the Vetus product which is wow expensive but also wow quality.
I think this is just like with anchors. The galvanized anchor will probably last about as long as a stainless steel anchor, but, they are on different planets how they look.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

ABI has been out of the marine business for about 2 years. If someone has stock great, but that has mostly disappeared by now.
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Re: Source for dorade cowling

I talked to SailBoatStuff yesterday and they have another supplier with vents similar to ABI and can get as many as you need.
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