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Re: Dorade boxes???

I gotta say that the OP's picture of his 'deadlights' look like some PO removed what were probably Dorade vents from those locations. The shape of the deadlights is perfect for a Dorade box.

That said, we have Dorade vents in a similar location with no guards on our 27' boat. They kind of look like Shrek ears but overall I am happy with them. The jib sheets can get messed up with the vents but I find that rarely happens. In 10 years I have only had to buy new ones once, or was it twice?

For h'cane Sandy I removed the vents and installed the plugs in the vent openings. Probably saved myself about $80 right there.

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Thanks, Faster. Yer dwg cleared up details nicely. Very much like a rain-proof roof vent, with the exception of the "box" separator.
The box separator IS the Dorade vent. Otherwise it's just a cowl vent. They were designed by Olin & Rod Stephens and the first use of them was on their fathers yacht Dorade - hence the name.

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I gotta say that the OP's picture of his 'deadlights' look like some PO removed what were probably Dorade vents from those locations. The shape of the deadlights is perfect for a Dorade box.

That said, we have Dorade vents in a similar location with no guards on our 27' boat. They kind of look like Shrek ears but overall I am happy with them. The jib sheets can get messed up with the vents but I find that rarely happens. In 10 years I have only had to buy new ones once, or was it twice?

For h'cane Sandy I removed the vents and installed the plugs in the vent openings. Probably saved myself about $80 right there.
I have seen many pics of the us27s and they all had the deadlights but I agree...they are perfect for the dorade vents and I think that they will really allow the cabin to breath.
Do you have any pics by chance??
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Re: Dorade boxes???

You could get clever and build the dorades out of acrylic.. and not lose the light that's coming into those current deadlights! and everyone could admire your engineering...
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I never thought about that...it would also be a fitting tribute to my father.

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Around 1978 (I was 13) i decided to "refinish" my main guitar (ibanez PF100) and really ruined it. My father used the body as a guide and built a clear acrylic copy of it which was so impressive that people still remember it today when we talk about the "old days". I used it for 2 years on stage (benefits and parties) so it had some miles on it...LOL

I saved the body and have been meaning to mount it in a shadow box.

Great idea you have put up here....Thanks!!!
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Re: Dorade boxes???

I'm not really following why the deadlights are the perfect Dorade mounting location? If one is assuming that because they are rectangular in shape, like a dorade box, I think that is forgetting that water needs a place to roll across and exit.

I would keep the light and just bore a new hole somewhere else. Why not have both?


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While a clever idea, I think a clear acrylic box is going to get pretty dirty inside and not look too good over time.


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I'm not really following why the deadlights are the perfect Dorade mounting location? If one is assuming that because they are rectangular in shape, like a dorade box, I think that is forgetting that water needs a place to roll across and exit.

I would keep the light and just bore a new hole somewhere else. Why not have both?
I have to re-caulk the leaky starboard one so I figured "while I'm there". We have all doe the "while I'm There" thing threat ended up costing big $$$ in materials.
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Our Yogi SS cowl has a mushroom vent also inside which is turned by a handle which controls the opening size ( and a screen for bugs)/. In the cool weather we have to close it slightly as the cold air rushed through. It is great for venticaltion. We are not on a box.

Vetus Dorade Box for Cowl Vents


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Re: Dorade boxes???

The "deadlights" were probably a copy of design from more expensive Oysters. Mason which had deck prisms inserted in them and really helped the cabin lighting in the daytime. I would make seperate openings.

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