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Larry Witty
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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
Larry Witty replied to Larry Witty's discussion 43 Sail Upgrade/Replacement in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Here is the response from another sail maker who is steering me towards Dimesion Polyant Pro Radial (http://www.dimension-polyant.com/en/pdf/DP_Pro_Radial_E.pdf) which sounds interesting. Anyone have experience with it? Here is what he…"
Sep 1
Larry Witty replied to Larry Witty's discussion 43 Sail Upgrade/Replacement in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks Jeff, some good insight. I actually know the Quantum sailmaker here in Seattle (part of my club) so I reached out to his this AM to get thoughts and a quote. Will keep you updated via this discussion as I learn/decide more..."
Sep 1
Jeff Shukis replied to Larry Witty's discussion 43 Sail Upgrade/Replacement in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"CDX is probably a significant upgrade from the stock sails, but not what I'd consider a perfirmance sail. And since you are doing a bit of racing, you'd probably notice the difference between a polyester laminate like CDX and a higher tech…"
Aug 31
Larry Witty added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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43 Sail Upgrade/Replacement

The sails on my 08 are still in decent shape after 10 years, but I am finding I like to go fast and have been enjoying some local club races. Given the sailing I do in the Seattle area and longer summer cruises, I am looking to upgrade to "performance cruising" sails.My local Beneteau dealer is also the local rep for Neil Pride Sails. The have recommended I move to CDX 9 for the main and CDX 7 for the headsail. Both are furling.I am also weighing the option of a local sailmaker (Ballard Sails…See More
Aug 31
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
Larry Witty added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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B43 Inverter Buzzing/humming noise

Hello -Have a 2008 B43 hull 40 which I purchased second hand about a year ago. been very happy with the boat but have 1 annoying problem I would like to resolve. When switching on the inverter I have the following 2 potential issues:1) Voltage display is low, shows between 102-106 volts2) Humming noise coming from some sort of auto switch which is encased in a white plastic box behind the cabinet where the radios are mountedI only have the problem when the inverter is on, no issue with shore…See More
Nov 10, 2015
Larry Witty replied to sam's discussion Engine hour meter whacky in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks for the reply Sam. I will probably have to guess the hours as I have not seen it show anything since my test sail. Also, with everything I have read about the inaccuracy of the fuel gauge, I feel like I will be flying blind without an hour…"
Jul 23, 2015
Larry Witty replied to sam's discussion Engine hour meter whacky in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I am having this issue with by B43 hull#40. Interested in finding out how you resolved it Sam. I used the approach provided by Paul on my last Beneteau which had the same hour meter issue. Did this right before I sold the boat and worked fine for…"
Jul 13, 2015
Mike Brown left a comment for Larry Witty
"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…"
Jan 17, 2015
Larry Witty left a comment for Mike Brown
"Thanks for the feedback, what a great group to be part of! Love the activity of this group. I have always wondered what the Aqua Sigma box was, but assumed it may be some sort of high water alarm - now I know it is a light switch! Hopefully I can…"
Jan 16, 2015
Mark and Karen left a comment for Larry Witty
"Just noticed Mike had already covered it - enjoy the boat, they are fabulous"
Jan 16, 2015
Mark and Karen left a comment for Larry Witty
"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…"
Jan 16, 2015
James Taylor left a comment for Larry Witty
"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.…"
Jan 16, 2015
Bruce Bogdanoff left a comment for Larry Witty
"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…"
Jan 16, 2015
Mike Brown left a comment for Larry Witty
"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…"
Jan 16, 2015

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


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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.

http://www.go2marine.com/product/202293F/aqua-signal-wireless-electronic-remote-control-system-12-volts.html

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.
Mike
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