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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-07-2010 01:25 AM
jarcher My Nicro vents have never leaked in a rain storm, but water rushing over the foredeck is an issue. I just close them before I leave the slip if I am expecting heavy seas.
04-06-2010 11:37 PM
chef2sail I believe in EBONICS typing and spelling. Sounds like..........

You never have to worry about me winning Jeopardy with the "Spelling: category. Imagine how bad I used to before spell check...hahahah. Just because they have a picture of me in Websters next to miss spell and miss type. Thank god for my secretary



I got my SS Dorade from Vetus. Very happy with its quality

Dave
04-06-2010 09:49 PM
T37Chef Man I am glad I read this thread, the dog is out of his cage again, everyone knows chef2sail cant type, just like you cant sail LOL

Dunno nutt-n about the Air Only vents...but have two Nicros and think they're darn good. I have had not had the boat in big enough weather to test their design, but I have directed a hose right at them and nothing.

Thanks Dave (chef2sail) for the compliment on the vents, I'm a bit disappointed with the chrome job American Plating Services, I will be taking them back and insisting they do something about them.
04-06-2010 09:19 PM
sailingdog Did T37Chef take a new job cooking for an airline???
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Sorry Jos...and its Chef2sail...737chef is my friend

Two seperate installs.

Day/ night nicovent ( on sale) works with solor powering. Can be used as positive air or exhaust) is forward of the mast into my head on the port side. Plenty of spray over this area with never a drop inside. The newer model has an ajustable sleeve in the inside of sealing the unit.

Other install was a SS vetus Dorade with a mushroom vent inside if it. The is also forward of the mast....coachtop.....right into forward part of salon. Sits about 18 inches off the boat. Passive air and can be turned to help vent air, Usually facing forward as it will allow breeze down dorade when at anchor,

Key to ventilation is to have an in,,,and and out.,...everything cannot just go in...
04-06-2010 08:54 PM
josrulz Whoops! Sorry chef2sail--I should know better.

Thanks for the info. Sounds like the Day/night vent is the way to go for our needs. We may actually have a wired fan as well for back-up since it's for the composting toilet, but that's another topic...

Thanks!
-J

Quote:
Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Sorry Jos...and its Chef2sail...737chef is my friend

Two seperate installs.

Day/ night nicovent ( on sale) works with solor powering. Can be used as positive air or exhaust) is forward of the mast into my head on the port side. Plenty of spray over this area with never a drop inside. The newer model has an ajustable sleeve in the inside of sealing the unit.

Other install was a SS vetus Dorade with a mushroom vent inside if it. The is also forward of the mast....coachtop.....right into forward part of salon. Sits about 18 inches off the boat. Passive air and can be turned to help vent air, Usually facing forward as it will allow breeze down dorade when at anchor,

Key to ventilation is to have an in,,,and and out.,...everything cannot just go in...
04-06-2010 08:42 PM
chef2sail Sorry Jos...and its Chef2sail...737chef is my friend

Two seperate installs.

Day/ night nicovent ( on sale) works with solor powering. Can be used as positive air or exhaust) is forward of the mast into my head on the port side. Plenty of spray over this area with never a drop inside. The newer model has an ajustable sleeve in the inside of sealing the unit.

Other install was a SS vetus Dorade with a mushroom vent inside if it. The is also forward of the mast....coachtop.....right into forward part of salon. Sits about 18 inches off the boat. Passive air and can be turned to help vent air, Usually facing forward as it will allow breeze down dorade when at anchor,

Key to ventilation is to have an in,,,and and out.,...everything cannot just go in...
04-06-2010 08:09 PM
josrulz
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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Jos,

I just improved our ventilation by replacing my Nico vent with a new one. The new model has a sleeve inside which can be extended to make the seal very watertight from waves washing across the deck. This Nico is in our head. Right now the day/ night Nico are on sale at WM ( $40 off)
and cheaper than anywhere else

In addition we also bought a seperate Stailess Dorade from Vetus * was so impressed with T37Chefs I had to get one) and installed that with a mushroom vent inside/ under it which can be tightened down from inside the boat and makes it waterproof.

Dave
Thanks t37chef--is your head forward? How sensitive is it to spray/water over the deck? I'm not clear on one thing from your post--did you sintall the dorade with the day/night vent, or were these separate installs you're talking about?
Thanks!
-J
04-06-2010 08:07 PM
josrulz Thanks SD. I have NO experience with them, so I appreciate the note about breaking water. If they're not TOO sensitive to water over the deck, then they should work just fine. I just don't want to have to close it every time we're beating to windward in 15 knots of wind. The idea is to have it open all the time, afterall! I don't mind closing the vent on the occasion that we're really in some nastiness.

The location on our boat will be on the cabin top, forward of the mast and off to one side (starboard in our case). So it will be somewhat sensitive to spray, etc.

I've heard of other venting the Airhead into the anchor locker, which we could do, but I don't really like the idea. I'd prefer the vent be exhausting out into the open.
04-06-2010 07:53 PM
sailingdog BTW, I've had water break over the cabin top and not gotten any water in through the nicro vent i have on the center of the cabintop. I would go with a Nicro vent before I went with one of those, especially if you need POSITIVE ventilation.
04-06-2010 07:38 PM
jarcher I don't completely understand what you want to use them for, but if the idea is that the wind blowing over it draws air through the boat, forget it. I had some of those passive vents on my boat and they worked so poorly that mold actually grew in them. I suggest the day/night solar vents that have a solar cell and a battery. Those work great!
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