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James Taylor replied to sam's discussion Head Hose changeout in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mike In that config will you need some type actuated pump to pump your sinks drain water up through the vented loop before leaving boat? How would you configure the pump?"
Jun 7
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion Head Hose changeout in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"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…"
May 10
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion Head Hose changeout in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi Sam Thanks for the photo. Our boat is also 9 years old but so far so good, no smells. My question for you is;  Are you using seawater or, on board fresh-water ( from tank) for flushing? We installed a Jabsco fresh water flush system on our…"
May 9
James Taylor replied to GaryG's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Forgot to mention we have 150ft of rode attached to 100ft of 3/8ht chain for total of 250 ft ground tackle."
Jan 30
James Taylor replied to GaryG's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"We use original 44 pound plow that came with boat. Added 100ft 3/8 ht chain in 2010. This setup has proven very reliable and we have not drug since 2010. This set up has held in numerous weather systems with high winds from Martha's Vinyard Ma…"
Jan 24
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion Refrigerator condensation in cabinet in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mike How about snapping a few photo's to share with us once you start, if you have time? Like you, the freezer is the bane of our existence at anchor. It is the #1 power consumer and anything that might improve its efficiency would be welcome."
Dec 15, 2016
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion Refrigerator condensation in cabinet in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Not 100% sure of this but I think there are screws just inside refrigerator door that secure refrigerator to cabinet. Once you open the refrigerator door you "may" see a few white tabs on bottom/top/sides. Under these tabs is where I think…"
Dec 11, 2016
James Taylor replied to GaryG's discussion B40 jib upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Bruce Congrats on upgrading to the B45! Have any photo's? We sailed to St Pete last winter. Fantastic destination! Visited Sarasota, Venice (Crowes Nest has great restaurant), Siesta Key, Charlotte Harbor, Sannibel Island and Marco Island. We…"
Aug 4, 2016
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion buzz from the bow in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"When we were in Massachusetts last year I noticed a electronic syncopated sound  in cabins below on our  boat as we were at anchor. Looked all over the boat, could not find a thing. Once we left the anchorage sound stopped. This past…"
May 31, 2016
James Taylor replied to Mike Brown's discussion Shower Sump Back Flushing in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"not having the issue yet but it sounds like the drain line (s) are becoming clogged from usage. not sure how to clean the line but you are b43#1, you'll figure it out.. Once you complete it let us know how to do it. I would start at the…"
Apr 12, 2016
James Taylor replied to Mike Brown's discussion Temperature Compensating Valve Failure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"This is to John Hanrahan reference floor boards. Beneteau sells those floor boards individually. You can go the the Beneteau USA parts site and look up schematic for floor boards. Each individual board should be available."
Mar 13, 2016
James Taylor replied to Mike Brown's discussion Temperature Compensating Valve Failure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sounds good Mike!"
Mar 1, 2016
James Taylor replied to Mike Brown's discussion Temperature Compensating Valve Failure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mike Last month I visited "Sailorman" in Ft Lauderdale. They had a Force 10 hot water heater with the "Hi Temp" bypass system. Not sure how old that unit was but they had one. James"
Feb 29, 2016
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion battery life in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Oh yeah, forgot to mention battery monitor. The stock panel voltage panel is basically worthless in determining battery condition unless you've let the batteries sit idle for hours. Purchase a good battery monitor. It is vital for being up to…"
Feb 3, 2016
James Taylor replied to sam's discussion battery life in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi Sam Congrats on the long life of your batteries. May 2008 our B43 came equipped with 2 Dekka 4d Agms that are rated for 198ah's of service for a total house bank of  pretty close to 400ah (396ah). Engine battery was Dekka Group…"
Feb 3, 2016
James Taylor replied to Larry Witty's discussion B43 Inverter Buzzing/humming noise in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I looked at the Beneteau USA site under electrical and did not see the transfer switch on your boat in their images of factory installed equipment ( see below) so I'm assuming the transfer switch was installed as a part of the inverter…"
Nov 18, 2015

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At 8:45am on September 13, 2010, Mike Brown said…
Spent all Sunday afternoon cleaning water out of the bilge, repairing a broken wire (poor crimp by Benny factory boys) to the bilge pump then cleaning everything up. Decided it was time to rebed the shower sump so went to work on that. You're right it was poorly sealed and I could see evidence of water once I lifted the sump out. Thought I was in good shape until I turned on the Dehumidifier right before heading home. Seems the latest source of bilge water is coming from the heat exchanger coil on the cabin AC compressor. Shut down the units, closed the seacock and went home as it was 9PM. Heading back tomorrow to try and find the source of the leak. As I've said I love the boat but she sure needs a lot of TLC to keep her going. I'll let you know what I find.
At 9:55pm on September 23, 2009, Mike Brown said…
Glad you like the pics. You looked good sitting there.

Yes you're right the electric pump can't get the hose emptied so the joker valve becomes critical. We've been using vinegar in the aft toilet but it was time for a new valve. My dealer's service mgr said people are using, with some success, silicone dialectric grease on them. I applied some to the new valve so time will tell if it helps. I also plan on continuing to use vinegar a couple of times a month. As I mentioned before I plan on converting both toilets to fresh water flush which will help reduce odors. We'll do a good flush prior to leaving the boat for the week so any backfill should be realtively clean fresh water and not stink up the head compartment.

I'm almost afraid to mention it but all of our gauges seem to be accurate. Some times the water tanks will misread but for the most part they work fine. I make a habit of estimating how much fuel we'll take based on the guage then compare it to the actual gals taken on. Again so far it seems to be OK.

We too have had a few problems but just love the boat. She's gorgeous above and below decks and we receive a lot of compliments on her. Not to mention how well she sails and the speeds we see.
At 9:10pm on September 23, 2009, Mike Brown said…
Yes I should be able to share it with Sam. He may see it on his own as I believe the comments are public.
At 5:42pm on September 23, 2009, Mike Brown said…
Forgot to answer your starting questions. No we have not and she starts better than our cars do. As for the chain I'm picking it up this Friday on the way down to the boat. Hopefully I'll get it spliced on this weekend. I have some plumbing work to do if the parts make it here by then. The bowl seal on one of the toilets leaks. We stopped using it and have the O Ring coming. We're also going to convert the toilets to fresh water flush. BTW read my note on the fuse Beneteau places on the house battery positive post.
At 5:29pm on September 23, 2009, Mike Brown said…
James, I posted the pictures of RaJean for you.
Mike
 
 
 

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Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Jammed Electric Cabin Top Winch in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"There's no circling on the 40/43 winches. It's simply a screw off collar. WD40 and a heavier hammer should get the job done."
Jun 12
Bruce Bogdanoff replied to Wayne's discussion Jammed Electric Cabin Top Winch in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mike is correct. The is a vertical pin in the middle of the winch handle hole that pushed down and disengages the electric motor on the winch. Also, on my Oceanis 45, there is a circlip that holds the top on. I don't remember if the 40 electric…"
Jun 12
Wayne replied to Wayne's discussion Jammed Electric Cabin Top Winch in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks Mike. I did use a light hammer but I do have heavier ones at work and I did use WD40. As for a disengagement pin, I didn't see one when I looked down in the top of the winch. I did see a small circular pattern in the bottom that I…"
Jun 12
Frank & Donna left a comment for Mike Brown
"Thanks Mike, however I have tightened both attachments and if you grab the track in the middle you can move it side to side making the noise. I took it apart, slid the track forward to add tape to both side of the boom, than careful slid the track…"
Jun 12
Mike Brown left a comment for Frank & Donna
"Frank your comment didn't show up in the discussions on the 40/43 site. It's simply a comment on your page. Not sure if others will see it. For what it's worth I don't have the problem on our boat. There are two pieces of…"
Jun 11
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Jammed Electric Cabin Top Winch in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I can't imagine anything in the winch top that would bend. Other than the electric drive and a disengagement pin that activates when the winch handle is inserted the winch is the same as the others. It sounds like the collar is jammed due to…"
Jun 11
Wayne added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Jammed Electric Cabin Top Winch

Took care of the lint build up on the fridge condensers and the leaky shower sump this weekend. Then went to the electric cabin top winch to disassemble, clean and lube only to find the top cap wouldn't unscrew. It should have by light tapping with a screwdriver but to no avail.So I stepped it up a notch with a brass drift and screwdriver and again, no go. I then tried a steel drift and the cap never moved in the slightest. It is as if it was secured with permanent Lock Tite.Now when I say its…See More
Jun 11
Frank & Donna commented on CAN DRAC's group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I'm having a knocking from the boom while sailing. The track on top of the boom is loose, but it can't be tightened any further. Has anyone else had this problem, if so has anyone found a solution"
Jun 11
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