Larry Witty
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Larry Witty replied to sam's discussion Engine hour meter whacky in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I used google translate on the page, but in the end, here is the info from my invoice: "50104 LCD display Volvo Penta VDO" where the first number may be a part number. Since I bought the parts from here in the US and was unsure of…"
Jan 11, 2018
Larry Witty replied to sam's discussion Engine hour meter whacky in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Should have posted my fix earlier. I had the same problem with the tach on my 323 before I bought the 43. I was able to get the hour meter to work on the 323 by following the processes out on the web about cleaning the silicon & the ribbon…"
Oct 16, 2017

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At 8:28am on March 16, 2015, FRANK KWABENA said…

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Thanks God bless.

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At 9:15pm on January 17, 2015, Mike Brown said…

The 400W of solar will be nice to have. I installed a 250w panel on top of the dinghy davits this fall. While we haven't given it the acid test initial impressions are it'll greatly extend time between recharging while anchored out. The Flex O Fold should add nice speed when sailing. Almost pulled the trigger on one last year but decided to put it off for later.

At 1:34pm on January 16, 2015, Mark and Karen said…

Just noticed Mike had already covered it - enjoy the boat, they are fabulous

At 1:32pm on January 16, 2015, Mark and Karen said…

Hi Larry

To get into the engine, as you look at the fridge you will see a filler strip to the left which is against the access panel. There is a finger whole (top or bottom as I can't remember) - put your finger and pull - hard. It will pop out of the top/bottom clips and the panel can be released.

At 12:21pm on January 16, 2015, James Taylor said…

Welcome Larry

James of B43 hull#19 here. Bruce and Mike have pretty much covered all the bases reference your boats systems.. We've owned our B43 since new and sailed it a bunch. Great boats, fast, comfortable,reliable, and well thought out. Hope you are able to find that remote fob for your cockpit lights. We take the remote with us when we know we'll return to boat after sunset . Since we board at transom from our dingy those lights really help illuminate the deck. Its a little black fob with ,I think, yellow buttons. Look around and see if you can find it. Good luck and you will love that boat.

At 12:06pm on January 16, 2015, Bruce Bogdanoff said…

Larry. The answer to the courtesy lights and the small orange light at the base of the U dinette by the water pump is that it is controlled by a remote FOB via Bluetooth. It is made by Aqua Signal and the receiver is in the main battery compartment against the forward wall. Aqua Signal model # NVWCT315TX.

At 11:59am on January 16, 2015, Mike Brown said…
Larry, I received an email regarding your post for your 43. I ant find it anywhere on the website so think you sent the group a message rather than posting a new discussion. To add a new discussion click on the "add discussion" tab at the top of the B40/43 discussion board. Hope that helps.

At any rate I too have a 2008 B43 hull #001 and yes they're great boats. We bought ours new and have sailed her for 6 yrs and are now living on her and cruising full time. Heres my 2 cents on your questions.
1. We don't have the cockpit courtesy lights as they added them late. I believe that they're controlled by a remote control.
2. To access the port side engine panel you have to remove the slender panel between the fridge and port side panel. There's a small chrome ringed access hole at the bottom. Pull firmly to remove the panel. Once out you'll be able to remove the engine access panel.
3. Beneteau changed over to VDO DC panels with this and future lines. There are far fewer switches and as you've noted some devices are not switched at all. You're correct in needling to turn off the battery switches to cut power. If there's another way to do it I'm not aware of it.

BTW the DC voltage readings on the panel tend to be apx .3 Vdc lower than actual battery voltage. It's due to voltage drops from the wire run from battery to panel as well as some inherent losses in the panel itself. Beneteau had installed the battery to panel wire a size too small. My dealer upgraded ours but frankly I still see a difference. I installed a Victron battery monitor and use that to gauge battery performance.

To maximize fridge and freezer cooling keep the compressor coils clean and free of dust. You'll have to carefully peel the wood grates off to gain proper access. They're located on the front of the box below the oven. It's amazing how quickly dirt builds up on them so check on a regular basis.

The 43 sails best when you keep heeling angles to a max of 15 degrees. Flat is fast on these boats.

Congratulations and good luck. I'm sure you'll love her. Feel free to ask questions about her.
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RWA replied to RWA's discussion Cockpit Speakers - Audio Upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks guys!  Cam - I'm heading to West Marine soon (don't have one close by, unfortunately), and I see that they have quite a few fusion speakers for sale - any chance you recall the size and model number that you used?  No…"
Mar 13
Cam Whitlock replied to RWA's discussion Cockpit Speakers - Audio Upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I installed Fushion speakers in the cockpit a few years ago when I upgraded my stereo system.  The speakers fit the existing holes perfectly. Cam"
Mar 13
Mike Brown replied to RWA's discussion Cockpit Speakers - Audio Upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I installed a pair of Polk speakers in the cockpit. They fit where the stock units were and had much better sound. They were also water proof. We had the boat for 8 years and they still looked and sounded good.  Good luck Mike"
Mar 12
RWA added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43

Cockpit Speakers - Audio Upgrade

Has anyone replaced/upgraded their cockpit speakers?  The grill for one of mine is broken and they sound pretty terrible regardless, so it's time for an upgrade.  I'd prefer to find something that fits the original footprint if possible.I'm open to any suggestions you may have about improving the audio quality both in the cabin and in the cockpit.  Thanks in advance for your help!See More
Mar 12
Cam Whitlock replied to Cam Whitlock's discussion Freezer problem in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sam - thanks for the additional detail on the insulation. "
Feb 18

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