I think we need to be a little carefull when talking about Caframo fans. They make a lot of different models, which have very different characteristics and prices. I've replaced all but two of my Hella Turbo fans (these refuse to die) with Caframo Boras. These are pricey at WM ($80), but I suspect that it is not the model HD was selling for $25. I tried the one WM sells for $25, but it moved little air, was noisy (especially RFI noisy) and died within a year.
I like the Boras for relative silence and low current
drain at the lower settings, and good air movement on the high setting. I have one Bora blowing on me at this moment while my cabin
thermometer reads 86F and I am very comfortable. I have another Bora fixed over my berth, 4" above my head
. At the low setting I can barely hear it and it provides enough cooling
on most still hot nights. I have had two die in a little over a year and the one in the head
right now is making noises like it wants to die as well.
One feature of the Bora I had forgotten until another cruiser reminded me of it - the auto-turn on feature when I transmit on the SSB
around 12 mHZ. On an off-shore passage
, when checking in with Southbound II it is really nice to have the fan come on at the same time, knowing I'll be waiting more than a few minutes to talk to Herb. How did Caframo know I wanted that feature?