"I had the same problem with my B43 #50. I purchased a quartz Hewlett hour meter from Amazon for $16.00 and installed it right under the tach after removing the housing and drilling through the thin plastic module that houses the gauges.…"
"I looked at an AIS enabled VHF radio for an easy install as it uses the existing VHF antennae. Unfortunately, it only broadcasts your position and you are not able to receive other ships information. "
"My B43 #50 has had similar problems and it is laughable that the dealer would tell you that this is something that he/she is unaware of. I've had to crawl under the transom step into the gas locker area to make repairs to this item as…"
"I agree with Mike on the latch ( Was at the boat yesterday). If you turn the key two rotations that latch would be very hard to pop over. The companion way doors are the weak link even if we thru bolt a latch those doors.The door material is pretty…"
"Glad to hear Mike.
I wish I had the same problem. My hatch has at least one half inch of play. I've since installed a padlock on my sliding hatch for added security. I think this should do the trick.
"I was at the boat the other day and remembered to check the clearance on the hatch lock. If the latch is in the upmost position I see no way anyone could lift the hatch over it. While the hatch does have some up down movement it hits the…"
"My boat is located in Vancouver, BC. The only thing stolen were electronics that I did not have bolted down. So TV, laptop, handheld vhs, binoculars along with a bottle of unopened vintage port. No real damage to report.…"
"Sorry to hear about the break in. Hopefully they didn't take much or do any damage. No haven't done anything about it but recognize it's a weak point.My hatch board does not appear to be loose enough to lift over the latch. I always…"
"I have not upgraded my locking system but I am now thinking about doing it. The companion way doors and locking system on these boats make them easy targets. Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Was this in the US?
I had my B43 broken into yesterday at our very secure marina (cameras and key-fob entry gate). The intruder was able to lift the sliding hatch cover over the lock bolt to gain entry into the boat. I believe all Beneteau 40-43 have this set-up to 2012 model years and you should check to see if your own sliding hatches have enough play to lift the sliding plexi-glass hatch over the lock bolt. I had to use some strength to lift and push the hatch cover but not so much that the average person…See More
"I have a B43 and store my 9.6' RIB dinghy on the fore deck. I use my spin halyard to raise and lower the dinghy. There is plenty of room from the mast forward to store a larger dinghy and it would not impede the windlass. At the…"
"I found a suitable outboard engine mount for the transom on my B43. The position it now occupies is far more comfortable, easier to move and install on my dinghy. Most importantly there is no stress on the upper stern rail.
It was almost 6 years that I participated in the discussions about water and fuel level indicators in this forum. Only this winter I had a go on it. In particular I made the following:
a) installed 10-180 ohms sensors in the 2 water tanks
"Sam, wow that's some serious blockage. Like James we too flush with fresh water. And like James haven't had any issues with hose blockage (that we know of) or odor. Actually we find our biggest source of odor in the heads come from the…"
"Thanks for reply. Salt water + urine = calcification along with dead seacritter buildup/blockage equates to blocked pipes!
Even though our B43 has never flushed seawater I maintained original equipment in place but totally disconnected (thru hull…"
"James, we use saltwater when offshore. Otherwise we use a freshwater flush. The design is such that whatever is in the line sits between the top of the holding tank and the joker valve. Over time, stuff builds up. Amazed at what a human can produce!…"