Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-10-2014, 11:11   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sailing the Caribbean
Boat: Switch 51
Posts: 1,498
Caframo "Bora" Fan

Anyone know how to get a Caframo Bora fan to stop rattling?
__________________

__________________
SVNeko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 11:16   #2
Marine Service Provider
 
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

If this is an older model, there is a nut inside the mount that can be adjusted from the bottom to tighten the fan against the notched pivot. Don't over-tighten or you won't be able to turn the fan. Chuck
__________________

__________________
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 11:40   #3
Long Range Cruiser
 
MarkJ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Australian living on "Sea Life" currently in England.
Boat: Beneteau 393 "Sea Life"
Posts: 12,828
Images: 25
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Chuck it out and buy the one without the frame. There aint nuffin to rattle.

But they are LOUD.
__________________
Notes on a Circumnavigation.
OurLifeAtSea.com

Somalia Pirates and our Convoy
MarkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 11:58   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sailing the Caribbean
Boat: Switch 51
Posts: 1,498
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Nearly impossible to buy anything boat-related in Panama...
__________________
SVNeko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 12:52   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Marine Warehouse can get you pretty much anything in Panama.

Mark
__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 12:59   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 1
Thumbs up Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

I found ours started rattling as the blades became dirty. Cleaning with alcohol-soaked Q-tip helped substantially.

However, finally I took off the grates (easy) to properly clean and this stopped noise.

warning, if you take off blade (screw in centre) to make cleaning easier, it is (too) easy to incorrectly re-install blade. I suggest NOT removing blade when cleaning.
__________________
sv_pelagia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 13:46   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sailing the Caribbean
Boat: Switch 51
Posts: 1,498
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Quote:
Originally Posted by colemj View Post
Marine Warehouse can get you pretty much anything in Panama.

Mark
If you are willing to wait a month...
__________________
SVNeko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 13:48   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sailing the Caribbean
Boat: Switch 51
Posts: 1,498
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Took apart and cleaned completely and rattling stopped, at least temporarily. Indeed, aligning fan properly again was tricky but I think that is necessary to stop the rattle.

Sent from my SM-T210R using Cruisers Sailing Forum mobile app
__________________
SVNeko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2014, 22:08   #9
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Novato, California
Boat: Rafiki 37
Posts: 262
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

If you're having the same problem I am the plastic fan is just pushed onto the metal shaft of the motor and it keeps moving off the shaft until it starts hitting the plastic frame/grating. I keep pushing the fan back down on the shaft and it keeps moving up the shaft until it starts banging again. The hole in the fan is probably getting enlarged to with all this movement.

It's easy enough to take apart and I am considering using some type of glue to keep it there. My concern is if the glue is to strong I may never get it apart again. That might not be an issue as there seems to be a large number of Caframo fan owners that feel you're lucky to get a year's worth of fulltime use before it breaks and then it's not repairable.

For a fan they're not cheap so you'd hope there was some quality there and it appears not, seems a shame.
__________________
kentobin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 09:46   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Sailing the Caribbean
Boat: Switch 51
Posts: 1,498
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Quote:
Originally Posted by kentobin View Post
there seems to be a large number of Caframo fan owners that feel you're lucky to get a year's worth of fulltime use before it breaks and then it's not repairable.

For a fan they're not cheap so you'd hope there was some quality there and it appears not, seems a shame.
Yes, that may be the case. I am hoping to limp it along until I can get somewhere to buy another one. Perhaps we should turn this into a fan review thread. It can't be that hard to design a 12V fan that won't self destruct (assuming the mfgr WANTS to build one that way).
__________________
SVNeko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 09:55   #11
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Boat: Boatless Again
Posts: 4,321
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Disassemble the mount, and put a doughnut spacer made from an inner tube between the notched parts.
__________________
donradcliffe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 11:21   #12
Marine Service Provider
 
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Just a note, we did have a problem with one fan that began to smoke. It was a year and a half old and Caframo replaced it. Three of our fans have been on the boat and in use for 4 years. At ties while cruising they run 24/7. We have tried every type of 12 volt fan and none are as quiet, last as long and use so little amps as the Caframo. That's been our experience. Chuck
__________________
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 12:14   #13
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,045
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnchorageGuy View Post
Just a note, we did have a problem with one fan that began to smoke. It was a year and a half old and Caframo replaced it. Three of our fans have been on the boat and in use for 4 years. At ties while cruising they run 24/7. We have tried every type of 12 volt fan and none are as quiet, last as long and use so little amps as the Caframo. That's been our experience. Chuck
Yes, but which Carfarmo are you referring to?
__________________
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 12:15   #14
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 17,045
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

If it's really no kidding hot, best thing I have found is a cheap 20" box fan bought wherever and run off of an inverter, not a low amp solution though
__________________
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2014, 12:30   #15
Marine Service Provider
 
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
Re: Caframo "Bora" Fan

Quote:
Originally Posted by a64pilot View Post
Yes, but which Carfarmo are you referring to?

We have both the Bora and the 757. The 757 puts out the most air. Chuck
__________________

__________________
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bora Bora ? Ry. Pacific & South China Sea 14 17-01-2011 06:45
Off to Bora Bora ....need your recommendations Limpet Pacific & South China Sea 5 09-06-2008 22:33
Bora Bora bayoubouy General Sailing Forum 8 12-03-2008 05:26
Bora Bora Charter Help? Limpet Pacific & South China Sea 5 15-12-2007 08:54



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:38.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.