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Can I block off airflow from cockpit into engine compartment with upholstery?

Old 10-12-2020, 06:14 PM
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Default Can I block off airflow from cockpit into engine compartment with upholstery?

I am planning to re-upholster my 1985 21 Chris Craft bowrider this winter. (350 I/O Mercruiser) Id like to build wrap around seating on one side and a solid upholstered side panel on the other side (instead of the open storage areas that are there now). As is, there is lots of airflow into the engine compartment, through these side storage areas while underway.

So my question is... Is it ok to block this airflow with panels and seating?

If so, I had one thought for a solution. There are two vents on the outside of the boat, both with openings facing aft. I could turn one around on one side to face forward to act as an intake to bring fresh air in. So Im wondering if that would be enough air flow or if I need to re-think my upholstery plans to incorporate vent holes for air flow.
Old 10-12-2020, 08:26 PM
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how does your engine room get air? through a grille? vents? what. figure that out .
Old 10-12-2020, 08:45 PM
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The blower vent air intake on the side, one should be facing forward (intake) and the other rearward (blower), make sure you have the right collector box for each.
Old 10-12-2020, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Reel 007 View Post
The blower vent air intake on the side, one should be facing forward (intake) and the other rearward (blower), make sure you have the right collector box for each.
Yeah, I thought that would make more sense for one to face forward. Ill have to look into the collector boxes. So the question is, if I make sure the vents are set up properly, are the vents alone sufficient ventilation for the engine compartment, without any openings into the cockpit?
Old 10-13-2020, 05:59 AM
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Are they dorade intakes or bilge intakes? To me. it all sounds like a bad idea. You can't get enough cool air into an engine compartment. Greatly restricts the ability of the engine to produce power.

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