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Old 11-07-2015, 11:08   #1
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Head Ventilation Hatch

The admiral had directed me to install a ventilation hatch in the head, so that discussion is over.

My question is: Should the opening face forward or aft.

My initial though is aft, but I would appreciate any input anyone has on this.

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Re: Head Ventilation Hatch

Aft... so wind sucks the smell and moisture out.
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Re: Head Ventilation Hatch

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Aft... so wind sucks the smell and moisture out.
I will second the recommendation to face the opening aft.

However, I have hatches on my boat that are reversible so you can change from forward to aft opening. Isn't a quick change and involves moving a few parts but doable.
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Aft. That way when it is rainy and windy you don't get a cold misting when going to pee! And you can leave it open a bit for ventilation in those conditions.
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Thanks for your input everyone. Aft it is!
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Re: Head Ventilation Hatch

Another option is a computer fan vented to an anchor locker or similar. No new deck holes required, cheap, and it works when hatches are not open (cold, rain, AC). Very low amp draw.

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Another option is a computer fan vented to an anchor locker or similar. No new deck holes required, cheap, and it works when hatches are not open (cold, rain, AC). Very low amp draw.

Sail Delmarva: "A Bathroom Fan": or "No Blog Could be Complete Without a Tale of Head Repairs"



I like the idea, but the admiral has spoken. She has never directed me to do anything on our boat before, so a hatch it is.

Nice blog write up.
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