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Old 08-05-2012, 14:54   #151
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Hi Yeloya,
My wife and I will be picking up a new boat from La Rochelle in April/May 2013 and as yet, have not placed our order. We plan to purchase a boat of the same size 43' - 44' as we find this is a very manageable size for just the two of us.

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Old 10-10-2016, 10:37   #152
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I visited an Orana 44 at the sailboat show in Annapolis this weekend. I liked everything I saw but it occurred to me that the ventilation in the salon was limited and that it would heat up pretty easily. Any experiences related to ventilation in the salon? Thank you.

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Hello Gator sailor

Ventilation ,,,like in most production boat is indeed weak But it is easy to remediate , Cowl , dorade box , solardriven fan , extra hatches and portholes, fans , air conditioning .
What work best in the sunny tropical places is a large sun awning over the boom which allows you to keep hatches open , Some sailmakers in the Caribbeans are specialized in making them and making them look good.
However the issues I had with the Orana / Salina - between 2006 and 2010 are a bit more complicated to solve , The boats were badly built , So very little support for the mast , very weak main bulkhead , and the mast bulkhead floating between the two hulls , Boats were bending , flexing, cracking . The junction of hull and counter mold was... a disaster ,As a dealer importer I got sued and lost because the builder did not want to do warranty work in the US ,,, So as you can see I am not a big fans of these boats . Mahe , Orana , Salina and Eleuthera , They are PoS
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Old 10-10-2016, 20:20   #154
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We have had an Orana in the Carribean for six years and have not had issues with salon ventilation. The two hatches either side of the mast allow adequate air movement.

The suggestions of widespread issues by the previous poster are not borne out by reality. We attended two rendevous with other owners and everyone was happy with their boats.

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Old 11-10-2016, 17:52   #155
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Thank you Henry, appreciate your insights. The one we looked at only had a single hatch on the port side and a second one behind the mast but it did not have the third one on the starboard side of the saloon. Easy enough to remedy.

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