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blutoyz 01-30-2013 11:41 AM

Dorade boxes???
 
Ahoy....Only 48 days till' Spring...LOL

I have these two lexan deadlights (for lack of a better term) on my deck and was wondering if it would be worth installing a couple of dorade boxes with vents?
One of them is leaking so I will have to mess with them anyway but I would like opinions on functionality and if you think that I will clutter my deck on this small 27 footer.
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c223/BLUToyz/deck.jpg

tommays 01-30-2013 11:44 AM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
I like mine and can post a picture tonight

Faster 01-30-2013 11:51 AM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Properly done, dorades can be really helpful on the ventilation front. We have molded in versions that work well except sometimes we can get quite a cold draft down from the windward facing cowl (our dorades are just above the aft ends of the settees)

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...wcanvas002.jpg

Your location is somewhat problematic in that if you place them where your deadlights are they will be prone to catching jibsheets mid-tack and so should have some proper guards installed as well, adding to the cost of the change.

svHyLyte 01-30-2013 11:58 AM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Three inch day/night solar vents could prove very useful. They will of course limit the amount of light you can get through the dead lights if that is a consideration although you can "off-center" the vents somewhat. We have been using solar vents since the late 80's and have been very glad to have them.

FWIW...

blutoyz 01-30-2013 12:04 PM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 983209)
Properly done, dorades can be really helpful on the ventilation front. We have molded in versions that work well except sometimes we can get quite a cold draft down from the windward facing cowl (our dorades are just above the aft ends of the settees)

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...wcanvas002.jpg

Your location is somewhat problematic in that if you place them where your deadlights are they will be prone to catching jibsheets mid-tack and so should have some proper guards installed as well, adding to the cost of the change.

Good point on the sheet catching...That is exactly why I posted, another set of eyes can save lots o' trouble later.

Thanks

Faster 01-30-2013 12:42 PM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by blutoyz (Post 983216)
Good point on the sheet catching...That is exactly why I posted, another set of eyes can save lots o' trouble later.

Thanks

The guards typically look like this.. if the two are close enough together you might get away with a single guard structure if that doesn't cause other issues:

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...5/file-147.jpg

blutoyz 01-30-2013 01:14 PM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Faster (Post 983234)
The guards typically look like this.. if the two are close enough together you might get away with a single guard structure if that doesn't cause other issues:

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/c...5/file-147.jpg

No offense to those that have the these guards but on my small boat it just wouldn't look right.

tommays 01-30-2013 01:18 PM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
The vents will last about 3 minutes with guards as i have enough problems with PEOPLE wacking them with guards :)

The sails aree fine

blutoyz 02-01-2013 08:59 AM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by tommays (Post 983245)
The vents will last about 3 minutes with guards as i have enough problems with PEOPLE wacking them with guards :)

The sails aree fine

I think that saw a shot of your boat on another thread and I could hardly notice the guards. If you have a pic of the deck I would appreciate it if you could throw it up.

You have no problem with you sheets getting fouled on a tack?

Thanks

tommays 02-01-2013 09:22 PM

Re: Dorade boxes???
 
http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/DSC_0208.jpg

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/2b6fc56f.jpg


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