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Old 12-08-2007, 21:55   #1
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Cabin Cooling . . . Windscoop ?

hi just wondering who has a windscoop to go over your hatches and are they any good? any other ideas to cool the cabin? i do not want an airconditioner or anything that will draw electrical power.
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Old 13-08-2007, 00:38   #2
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They Work

V69 - Never owned but have used them all the time on charters especially in the Caribbean. They work real well even with a light breeze. Some are made better than others, and it pays to get a well made & stronger one because they will take a beating.
I do not like fans because they make noise & burn amps.

Here's one example that is hung - I've never used this type but seen on other boats.
Windscoop

Here's a whole section on ventilation. I've used the one on the right which has a wooden bar that drops inside the deck & holds the scoop.
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It also adds excitement & exercise ........as You react to the rainshower @ 3am.
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Old 13-08-2007, 02:35   #3
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We found the “Windscoop” to be worth about what it costs (<$40). Others rave about them.
Instructions:
http://www.davisnet.com/product_docu...WndScp_Ins.pdf
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From what I have heard they do not last long. In the trade wind it is to much. I have found that a line holding up the forward hatch works well.
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I have one that is about ten years old. I've never used it in winds much over ten knots but then I have never needed to. The biggest problem I have with it is all of the lanyards going every where. At the slip it is useful when the wind is from across the beam. It is useless as anything but shade in the late summer on the gulf when the winds are low and the temps are up over 95. If it was lost today I would buy, or more likely make, another one.
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Old 13-08-2007, 04:10   #6
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thanks guys. being that they are not to dear i might get one and give it a go.
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Old 13-08-2007, 08:20   #7
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We insist on a windscoop for every cabin when chhartering without AC.
I have found that they can also be turned backwards during rain conditions and block the rain and still let air in..better than closed hatches and a suana all night!!
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We use a Breeze booster. A bit more expensive than the windscoop. I beleive we paid about 65USD. The breeze booster is self supporting by using a bowed fiberglass batten to shape and support the scoop which looks like a hood. No halyards or lines to be run elsewhere around the boat. It also shades the hatch and the hatch can be opened or closed with it in place.

We have also turned it around so the back faces the wind and have opend the hatches during rainy weather.

Ours worked well and did a good job of capturing the lightest winds and funneling them into the cabin. I would recommend taking a look.
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We made a reefable wind scoop for sailing cruising in the trades. Had small hooks put on the hatch coaming and then put eyes in the windscoop and ties on the back. So.... I could reef the windscoop and that worked grrrrrrreat.!

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We have a windscoop and like it very much. It is best when at anchor facing into the wind, especially if the wind is weak. We hold ours up with a spinnaker halyard and it resides over the forward hatch. This lets the breeze into the front of the boat and it exits up the companionway steps. When the breeze is strong it is not really necessary as just opening the hatch works fine.
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We made a reefable wind scoop for sailing cruising in the trades. Had small hooks put on the hatch coaming and then put eyes in the windscoop and ties on the back. So.... I could reef the windscoop and that worked grrrrrrreat.!

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Does anyone have a pattern for a scoop they made?
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