April 2008 Issue
Windy Ways: Practical Sailor Whips Up 12-Volt Cabin Fan Test
Caframo Kona and Hella Turbo breeze past competition in a test of 12-volt fans in the $20 to $100 price range.
Getting air flow inside a sailboat’s cabin can be critical to everyone’s comfort onboard. Practical Sailor tested 11 different 12-volt fans from seven Caframo, Fan-Tastic Vent, Hella, HotWire, MarinePro, SeaBowld, and West Marine. We measured current draw and wind and noise output, and considered price. All of those we tested run on 12-volt DC power and are sized to accommodate the small spaces of a sailboat’s cabin. Your choice of fan will be determined by your intended use, the space you have available, and your budget. Although it’s pricey, Caframo’s Kona was among our Recommended picks. Also recommend were the Hella Turbo, the Port Fan from HotWire, the Fan-Tastic Vent Endless Breeze, and the Caframo Sirocco. The Sea Bowld oscillating fan is rated the Practical Sailor Budget Buy. The top performers in this test will move on to Round 2, where we will test their durability.
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