Originally Posted by Andy_Rs600
I've had a search and found a few threads loosely on this issue before but nothing specific:
Question - what is people's take on ventilation in consoles through which fuel filler hoses run?
I've got a 2001 RibCraft 6.8 with an original Ribcraft console. There is no ventilation of any kind fitted from the factory, and other Ribcrafts I've driven also don't have console vents. Some manufacturers do seem to default to putting a grill vent on the aft face of the console though.
Advantages of vent - clearly venting petrol fumes. I've got 2 plotters, 2 radios, smartcraft, 2 batts and NMEA buesses in the console so there seems to be a lot of potential ignition sources.
Disadvantages - at the movement my console is totally sealed, even with the deck flooded down. Vent grill clearly makes water ingress possible removing a potential buoyancy compartment and maybe affecting lifetime of electronics.
I put two large vents on my own 6.8 (high up on the side of the consul with covers) when I built it...just liked the thought of air movement to help with any condensation ect...
I have smart gauges...and although they have fogged a little from time to time it very soon disapates..not the same for everyone I've seen!
I doubt seriously your consul is 100% hermetically sealed anyway!
It certainly won't do any harm