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Old 07-03-2016, 09:05   #16
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Re: What the heck are these?

Was to OP asking about the dorade boxes or what I assume are guards meant to keep sheets from foaling on the scoops and probably removing them?
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:05   #17
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Dorade vents, and wish they were on my boat. Do not take them off, you will regret it. Find another boat, learn more about sailboats, or get this boat and you will quickly learn to love them.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:07   #18
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actually those vents are diesel exhaust pipes for when the superchargers kick in
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actually those vents are diesel exhaust pipes for when the superchargers kick in
I laughed out loud when I read this.

As I now have the words to make a more edumacated comment, I was indeed talking about the dorade vents/boxes themselves.

And I think those ugly creatures of mine are probably a good idea to have around. If only to keep the Sirens at bay.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:18   #20
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Just a couple thoughts:

If you buy a boat with air conditioning, don't expect to run it unless you are at the dock or are running a generator. They take too much power, hence the vents and fans.

Don't get too excited about lounging on the forward deck while sailing. Not that it can't be done, but finding acceptable conditions may be rare. It's much safer tethered in the cockpit with a life jacket on when at sea.

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Those dorades look absolutely stunning !!! When I first looked at your pics my reaction was Oh that looks like something is missing !! It is the dog .Remember the turntable and the Microphone of His Masters Voice fame with the dog intently listening to the music .Leave them there if you buy such a boat and get a dog too to complete the picture.
I hope you realise your dreams and do your circumnavigations .Don't forget to call in at Cape Town ,the Tavern of the seas and visit the False Bay yacht club while here .
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Those dorades look absolutely stunning !!! When I first looked at your pics my reaction was Oh that looks like something is missing !! It is the dog .Remember the turntable and the Microphone of His Masters Voice fame with the dog intently listening to the music .Leave them there if you buy such a boat and get a dog too to complete the picture.
I hope you realise your dreams and do your circumnavigations .Don't forget to call in at Cape Town ,the Tavern of the seas and visit the False Bay yacht club while here .
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:45   #23
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Re: What the heck are these?

more deck space: Columbia 45 or 50, still got dorades. You'll appreciate them.
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I have every intention to circumnavigate one day, maybe multiple times

I guess I thought that if his designs are so rock-solid, why would there be massive holes in the deck ?
You may also want to have a cockpit with no cumbersome, unattractive winches...they are always getting in the way.

Another question you may want to ask before making a final decision...with such a tall mast, how will your boat get under all those low bridges?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of dorades, I can only imagine your response to seeing a diesel engine.

Perhaps you would be happier on a power boat. They often have a large flat area, suitable for lawn furniture. Or a condominium with a balcony...they are rarely equipped with dorade vents.
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People are a bit upset because that kind of dorade centric look is usually associated with expensive boats. Many cruisers thus dream of achieving that kind of look (never mind if useful or not), not about getting rid of that look.
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Not to put a damper on your plans but look at many more boats. Start smaller and learn with less fear of inflicting a great deal of damage to others or yourself. I started with a 27 and it had two halyards and sheets. My 40 has 9 clutches and I know what they do. Wouldn't have in the beginning.

I'm glad I went the way I did because it changed my ultimate choice greatly. I have 1 dorade vent and plenty lounging room. Didn't get to use it last summer due to terrible weather but it's nice to know it's there when needed.
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This a joke of coarse. If not please don't buy a boat.
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A joke post me thinks.

If you want a decent lounging space then consider a cat.

Our Liberty 458 has a good lounging area on the aft deck. We place an inflatable double mattress between the deck boxes or hang hammocks. To shade we deploy the foldup bimini.

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Re: What the heck are these?

Many post receive serious sarcasm due to content. These response have been very "respectful". I'm sure it has not been easy.
If one can afford this " dream boat", one should afford the expense of some serious sailing educating before "taking the plunge".....😎
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People are a bit upset because that kind of dorade centric look is usually associated with expensive boats. Many cruisers thus dream of achieving that kind of look (never mind if useful or not), not about getting rid of that look.
Good point, Juho.

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