solar vents

Post here if you want to discuss a topic specific to the PDQ Altair.
Timothyamoll
deckhand
deckhand
Posts: 14
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:18 pm
Location: Sandwich, Ma.

solar vents

Postby Timothyamoll » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:46 pm

Forgive me if this was previously covered. Ive been messing with the two solar vents for the aft cabin this summer replacing various parts. I noticed when winterizing this weekend we are starting to get some mold in one of the aft cabins so not enough air movement. Have any of you replaced the solar vents with dorade style vents ? Plastimo makes a pretty nice abs dorade box with vent for about the same money as a new solar vent
thanks
Tim

User avatar
thinwater
admiral
admiral
Posts: 980
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:08 am
Contact:

Re: solar vents

Postby thinwater » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:01 pm

Where is the mold? Could it be a window leak?

As for cleaning the mold, Formula B beats all comers. IT will also keep it from coming back. I resentfully bought a boat that looked like a Jackson Pollack painting inside it was so bad. It cleaned up in a few hours with a brush and a carpet cleaning vac.

Item 50.
http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2017/08/best-100-chapter-8.html

Another thing to consider is a tiny dehumidifier. Consider, for example, that I don't care how much air you move, when you have snow on the roof this spring there will be condensation (air is warmer than the roof).

http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2017/11/100-best-chapter-12.html

I've never been that impressed with ventilation alone. The Evadri is top drawer for keeping a boat fresh.
Writing full time since 2014.

http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2017/ ... store.html
"Keeping a Cruising Boat for Peanuts"
"Singlehanded Sailing for the Coastal Sailor"
"Faster Cruising for the Coastal Sailor"

Timothyamoll
deckhand
deckhand
Posts: 14
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:18 pm
Location: Sandwich, Ma.

Re: solar vents

Postby Timothyamoll » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:38 pm

The mold is just on the carpet type liner. I found CLR mold remover worked pretty well. The boats been closed up pretty tight the last 5-6 weeks due to work and the passing of my dad. The boat is tight and we had no issues over the summer.
Once I get her hauled and covered we will leave a few hatches open to help air flow. She's on a mooring most of the summer in Buzzards bay and there's plenty of breeze so I think we will give the dorade type vents a try next summer.
cheers
tim

User avatar
thinwater
admiral
admiral
Posts: 980
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:08 am
Contact:

Re: solar vents

Postby thinwater » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:39 am

Sounds like you have a plan you like. Just remember that dorades snag lines unless very wisely located. Additionally, I don't think a dorade on the back cabin is going to feel much wind.
Writing full time since 2014.

http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/2017/ ... store.html
"Keeping a Cruising Boat for Peanuts"
"Singlehanded Sailing for the Coastal Sailor"
"Faster Cruising for the Coastal Sailor"


Return to “PDQ Altair (PDQ 32) Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest