We are prepping a 35' 1975 Christ Craft Catalina
. This model has a large main bilge
area. Approx 10 feet x 12 feet and 40 inches deep. Of course the two gas engines, generator
, hot water
heater, etc are in this area.
We are getting ready to rebed all the deck hardware
, while we have everything exposed on the inside. As you can see in the photo
below, it definitely needs done. And as you might guess by the half a dozen layers of caulk on the vents, they have leaked and the deck
is soft in that area, so I will be beefing that up while at it.
Those vents are passive and attached to 4" ducts running into the bilge
area. There are separate vents with bilge blowers for clear gas fumes, these are simply for bilge ventilation.
I was thinking it might be worth while to install Nicro Solar
Day/Night vents while at it. Questions are
1. Good idea or just save $ and stick with passive?
2. Use 4 Nicro, with 2 set for intake at front, and 2 set for exhaust
3. Use 2 Nicro set for exhaust
at the back and leave front intakes passive?
4. Use 2 Nicro set for intake at the front and leave the back intakes passive?
5. Some other arrangement I didn't think of?
Background, it will be full time liveaboard
, Gulf Coast
Cruising, mainly in slip, rarely on hook or mooring
other than a few trips per year.