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I’m On A Boat- Solar Vent Installation

Before leaving on our trip to the Bahamas in 2011, we installed new solar vents on Velocir.  We had seen many older solar vents in boat yards still going strong after many years and much neglect.

The original installation required us to enlarge pre-existing 3 inch vents holes to 4 inches.  We epoxied the cored deck so that it would be water tight, and installed the vent.  It was great except that in heavy weather (crashing waves and spray) it would leak a bit., otherwise we love them!  This summer our starboard vent stopped working, so we replaced it:

Solar Vent Installation by Velocir

After taking the old vent out we waited a few weeks for a new one (free under warranty) to come in the mail.  Then, Amelia installed it by lightly chiseling off the old foam ring and Dolfinite sealing compound.  Mineral Spirits and kerosene also work really well at getting Dolfinite off.

Solar Vent Installation by Velocir

There are three main pieces to install.  The base (top right), the white ring is the interior trim piece, the foam ring is part of the waterproof bedding on deck, and then the cover piece with the solar panel and motor.  Since we already had holes drilled it was super easy to install.  (Note: Before drilling holes, make sure your vents have solar panels aesthetically going the way you like.)

Solar Vent Installation by Velocir

We put fresh bedding compound, Dolfinite, down before installing the base.  Contrary to what you might assume, Amelia doesn’t just use Dolfinite because there is a cute dolphin on the label.  The other advantages are that with age, the bedding compound is still easy to remove and reapply.  It doesn’t easily dry out under basic storage methods.  (It is messy to apply though, comically so, like peanut butter).

Solar Vent Installation by Velocir

The base fit right in.  The white part of the base slides up and down, allowing air in/out or cutting it off.  There is also a handy bug screen.

Solar Vent Installation by Velocir

And, Viola!  A beautiful new and working solar vent.  Aren’t warranties great?

P.S.  They are very quiet.  Every once in a while one will start to make a ticking sound, so we restart and silence again : )

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