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Re: Cooling the boat

We use a hatch cover as you described out of sunbrella to help avoid the early morning light as well as keep the sun off the hatch. It also allows us to leave a hatch cracked for ventilation in the rain.

Single centerline batten, corner grommets and shockcords, suspended from the pole lift or a halyard.

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Re: Cooling the boat

i use green plastic tarps, and i have a screen in green which needs refit, as was from a 47 ft sloop and i have a 41 ft ketch. usually i use 3 layers of these green plastic tarps and the boat stays cool.
dont leave any of the surface uncovered as sun bake sit badly. tarps prevent oxidation by sun baking, and keeps air flow good -- even act as a wind scoop if you figure your wind direction and coverage. for rain i use a huge silver over brown tarp--those shed silver stuff and only last one season here.
i also have canvas and screen finally finished...i just need window/port screens for bugs now.
\i dont have pix as my transfer mechanism died and i need to find a new universal card reader for that function. those items are difficult to find in mexico, for some reason....i love the lowlife look i achieve with these plastic things covering my boat...LOL
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Re: Cooling the boat

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There are commercially made air scoops that can force air down a hatch. They work really well AT ANCHOR.
My Pearson 34 has a West Marine through the hatch ventillation (a wind scoop) but I can't figure out how to put it up. How do I attach it to the forward hatch? Thanks!
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Re: Cooling the boat

It should have come with a batten or a dowel that helps hold the scoop open at the bottom and fits across the hatch but under the deck.. then hoist the 'scoop' on a halyard or a pole lift and orient it to the wind, using tension to keep the dowel tight to the deck.
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