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Re: Dorade boxes???

Has anyone used these low profile, integral-box Dorade vents?



The theory is the same as an elongate box -- question may be how much water can one gulp befre the cabin sprinklers turn on. We're a little tight for deck space. Plastimo also makes a more traditional, offset box that is low and sleek.

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They do make some noise that can drive some people nuts.
Hmmm...ours are whisper quiet and you dont even realize its on
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True story: When we looked at what was to become Victoria, it was a cold, rainy day in early March. The PVC cowls were dirty, cracked, and wet. The broker commented that the boat was just aching for stainless replacements. It may have been an intentional visual plant in my brain on the broker's part (a common sales technique), but it worked. So we bought the boat and along with new interior lighting and battery charger, 6 SS vents ($$$) were the first upgrades to our "new" boat. I'm a sucker for shiny things.
6!!!! thats a of of bling. They do add to your boat
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Hmmm...ours are whisper quiet and you dont even realize its on
I don't have them myself, but suspect the ones that I've heard were getting old. Its wasn't horrific, but you could hear it. It would depend on your tolerance for it. I think experiences have been mixed.
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I don't have them myself, but suspect the ones that I've heard were getting old. Its wasn't horrific, but you could hear it. It would depend on your tolerance for it. I think experiences have been mixed.
One's brain quickly filters out irrelevant background noise. As a child we lived in a big old house with a late 1800's era Grandfather clock in the library, off the foyer, that tick-tock'd away mightily. Supposedly one could hear it throughout the house, unless one lived there. When called to one's attention by a visitor, one would have to "listen" for it before it could be "heard". So the whoosh of the fans in our solar vents, although they are nearly inaudible to most everyone unless one is standing directly below or beside them. To us, after a day or two aboard, it is their absence, if they become inoperable, that one notices, not there presence. Just as one notices an unusual tone or vibration in the engine in one's car, or aboard ship a change in the tone of the wind in the rigging when on passage.

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Actually, now that I think about it, the "moan" in the cowls in a gale on our prior yacht was quite inconvenient and, at times, could be quite alarming until one realized the source.
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Re: Dorade boxes???

I probably thought of the nicro vent, because I'm one of the people that hears every single gremlin noise on the boat and can identify every one. I don't get nervous, unless I can't identify it, in which case I spring up to figure it out. Just don't change the noise!
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Re: Dorade boxes???

Funny you mention noise...Back in my Submariner days I would wake from a sound sleep when a ventilation fan changed speed and get up to see why.
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Back on track....I think that I will look at solar vents as an option
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Hmmm...ours are whisper quiet and you dont even realize its on
I got to thinking that perhaps the one I heard was not a Nicro, but a quick google reveals several concerns with noise and a variety of opinions on the causes.

Association Forum - Nicro Solar Vent Noise

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I got to thinking that perhaps the one I heard was not a Nicro, but a quick google reveals several concerns with noise and a variety of opinions on the causes.

Association Forum - Nicro Solar Vent Noise

Nicro Solar Vents dying on me

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I can only go by personal experience and ours has been quiet, efficient and worked well and all I have had to do is replace batteries every couple years.

Complaints are contagious just like in a restuarant. When one person at a table send something back for whatever reason it usually leads to others at that tabble and even in the dining room
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It also seems like their customer service is good. I have no alligence to them, just personal experience and mine has been a good one.
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