do I get a breeze inside my boat?
Will someone help a new sailor with a discussion of the best way to
get the breeze into the boat, in the slip, as well as at anchor. We
do have fans but are looking for the most we can get on these muggy
and hot summer Chesapeake days and nights.
Thanks and regards,
Judy "Bluebird" C320 #618
Judy: At dock & @ anchor, particularly in
daytime, create shade on deck w/ boom tent of light canvas, nylon
tent flys or whatever. Keeping the sun off the deck will also mean
cooler below in the evening and night. Hosing the decks down will
also cool by evaporation. Use Wind Scoops as on page 771 West Marine
general Master catalogue. You can make your own for probably a bit
less $. Works at anchor as well as at dock if positioned to catch
breeze. We have also anchored by the stern in reasonably light
breezes to expose that typical Catalina BIG companionway to the air.
Hope this helps you stay cool. It may also help to think about the
poor souls who DON'T have a boat on the water and are sweltering
away in their tenements.
Bob Cat30 TBS '83 #2988 LA BOO Vancouver B.C.
Judy: Well there is always beans. :)
Wind at the slip can be tough since you may be blocked by other
boats or the wind may be from an angle that does not flow through
the boat. Of course at the dock with shore power a good 110v AC fan
works well. At anchor with the bow into the wind you should get a
decent draft with the fwd hatch and companionway open. A wind scoop
in the hatch will help catch the breeze and direct it into the boat.
Make sure you have good screens so you can leave everything open
without getting eaten alive.
Judy: Some random thoughts:
*anchoring is generally better; the boat is designed to vent with
the bow facing the wind, and you don't have
all those boats and docks obstructing the
*wind scoops amplify the wind coming down a hatch, and some can be
turned to face the wind (when at a dock and not facing bow into the
*someone makes little plastic scoops designed to fit into your
portholes to catch and funnel more air in
*if you are at the dock, take advantage of the AC and run some fans
*lastly, Hella makes a 12V fan that uses only
about a half amp of juice. It doesn't create a
hurricane, but can make an otherwise miserable night a little
more comfortable, and with the low power draw you can keep it
running all night. Get the original Hella fan, not
the new fancy ones like the turbo.
Judy: At the dock a hatch air conditioner works
wonders. Thank goodness we had it during the east coast heat wave 2
Elliott Goldenberg, OUIZ DUZIT C28 #354
Judy: Check out a WINDCHUTE at your local boat
Lee, "Leeward" C34 #105
Judy: Look at the Breeze Booster site,
www.breezebooster.com or buy an Apollo diesel generator
949-650-1240/fax949-650-2519 & a 16,000 BTU marine
Regards from "GONE WITH THE WIND", C34, Naples, FL, Ron
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