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11-20-2010 07:38 PM
dhays
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Originally Posted by bluwateronly View Post
I am not understanding why someone would put a 4" hole in a deck. Dorads okay, if you can plug in heavy weather. The problem I see is if you go upside down that's alot of water that can get in. I won't even mention core problems if not installed correctly. All this for a little air that a porthole provides when needed. I would glass it and fair it then gelcoat it. Just me.
Based on your username, I'm assuming that you spend a lot of time in open water. However, many of the rest of us don't, and adequate ventilation with deck top vents isn't a problem.
11-20-2010 07:26 PM
Walt352 Thanks to everyone, your all great as always and the best advice. Let you know how it turns out.
11-19-2010 04:18 PM
TintedChrome Does anyone have experience with these installed on hatchboards? Does the reduced exposure to sunlight from being vertical or facing away from the sun certain times of day make a big difference in their operation?

Regarding water ingress from it being vertical I was planning on installing a small hood above it..
11-19-2010 04:14 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by captbillc View Post
i have a plastic solar vent that came with the boat. i like the fact that the fan is always going to keep humidity out . it is on the cabin top. i have to keep a 5 gallon pail on the table under it when i leave the boat because when it rains some water will leak in.
I've got two Nicro solar vents, the older more expensive model that came with a bronze deck ring, and they don't leak at all. Been running for close to FIVE years now too.
11-19-2010 04:05 PM
MARC2012 Gee mine generally leaks when it rains.When sunny & calm no problem at all. marc
11-19-2010 03:57 PM
captbillc i have a plastic solar vent that came with the boat. i like the fact that the fan is always going to keep humidity out . it is on the cabin top. i have to keep a 5 gallon pail on the table under it when i leave the boat because when it rains some water will leak in.
11-19-2010 03:46 PM
bluwateronly I am not understanding why someone would put a 4" hole in a deck. Dorads okay, if you can plug in heavy weather. The problem I see is if you go upside down that's alot of water that can get in. I won't even mention core problems if not installed correctly. All this for a little air that a porthole provides when needed. I would glass it and fair it then gelcoat it. Just me.
11-19-2010 03:31 PM
christyleigh
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Originally Posted by rmeador View Post
if it also leaks when it rains
I've installed 2 or 3 Nicro Solar 24/7 vents in my last 5 boats and they DO NOT LEAK in the rain - even driven rain and wave spray that was reaching me back in the cockpit. The only problem I have ever had was with one in/on a forward sloping forward hatch that when waves broke on the bow the water rolled up the slope - just like a beach - and Under the protective cover. If I had pulled out the vent and replaced it with the supplied deck plate Before bashing into steep waves there would have been no leakage. Since then I have now switched to the Nicro 24/7's with the sleeve that slides up and down to totally block out water. I also have never caught one with a genoa sheet - the hatch that is was in yes - but never the vent itself. Of course every boat and every person has gone through different situations but those are mine.
11-19-2010 03:05 PM
rmeador They leak, huh? I've been thinking about installing one in my head, which is directly aft of the V-berth. If I get a little water in the head from a wave, that's ok, but if it's a lot of water or if it also leaks when it rains, that's a no-go. Do you know if some brands are less leaky than others?
11-19-2010 12:06 PM
MARC2012 Those are some really good prices.Still don't want one.marc
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