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Do It Yourself
3Next, I turned to the job of covering the mess in the headliner with a good
mounting for the fan and some “
beautification” for the headliner. I purchased a
sheet of West Marine’s Marine Lumber, a
UV-stabilized, saltwater-resistant high-density polyethylene. It’s very easy to cut
with a circular saw. I cut it long and wide
enough to cover a tear in my lining, to
extend to the battens behind the lining (for
mounting), and to position my fan.
Drilling screw holes through the Marine
Lumber was easy – except for the measuring, where I always screw up, down, and
every other direction.
4Planning ahead, I also drilled a hole behind the fan and ran the wire through,
temporarily positioning the board in place.
Screwing the board into the battens was
easy, as was mounting the fan. Although
these fans are articulating and adjust vertically, it’s still important to position them for
maximum benefit and to avoid obstructions.
5Done deal! We now have adjustable breeze with almost no current draw, a nice background noise to lull me to sleep when it’s flat
calm, and a much prettier aft cabin.
Tom Neale is editor at large of BoatU.S.