Installation of Oscillating Fans
Sea Dragon, even with several opening ports and large hatches gets a little warm below deck. While we have air conditioning, it only helps when we have access to shore power and we like the privacy of anchoring out. In the summer, it gets very stuffy below even on a breezy day under full sail. So, I decided to add two (2) oscillating fans, one in the V-berth and one in main cabin.
I chose Guest Oscillating fans that draw 12 amps and oscillate 120 degrees. My original plan was to use a more energy efficient Turbo Fan but after sailing from Norfolk, VA to St George, Bermuda on a boat equipped with several Turbo Fans, I was willing to live with the extra energy consumption in exchange for the increased air flow.
Even when we are out for several days, we will end up motoring for an hour to an hour and half each day moving in and out of that day's anchorage.
|The Main cabin fan is mounted on the port
side between the galley and saloon. The wiring was run in the space between
the headliner and bulkhead. To keep the wires from showing, I squirted a dot
of clear silicon in the space then pushed the wires into the void and
In this location, with a little adjustment, the fan provides a nice breeze in the galley and at the navstation or in the saloon.
|The V-berth fan is mounted on the
starboard side facing forward. As in the main cabin the wiring was hidden by
pushing the wire into the void between the bulkhead and headliner. And as
before, a little drop of clear silicon placed along the wire run keeps the
wires out of sight.
This fan provides a nice breeze to all parts of the V-berth.
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