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Sail graphics

Started this discussion. Last reply by CAN DRAC Feb 24, 2011. 2 Replies

Anyone had a graphic added to their sails? where did you get it and do they last? we would like to put the boat name and graphic ( on…Continue

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Franc and Mark and Karen are now friends
Jun 27, 2016
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
Mark and Karen replied to Peter Obetz's discussion Tips on adding radar to Bene 40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Agree with Michael, we added the AIS and use it all the times, seldom put the radar on"
Feb 9, 2014
Mark and Karen replied to Donizetti's discussion Adding Simrad NAIS-400 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"We fitted an AIS have a look here Different AIS unit but not a bad job to do really. Hardest thing is getting the wiring back to the chart plotter and the AIS GPS areal was a bit tight at 10M Great bit of…"
Feb 9, 2014
Mark and Karen and andrea bozzi are now friends
Feb 8, 2014
Mark and Karen replied to foster's discussion SEAGULL IV WATER FILTER in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi We were going to fit one of these to our 43 (2 cabin), I took the sea water pump out as it seemed to catch everyone;s feet at some point or another and removed the seacock and use the hole for a keel cooler for the freezer conversion. This left…"
Jan 15, 2014
Mark and Karen commented on Marlene Anne Sassaman's photo

Engine, engine #....January 12, 2014 Day 52

"You must be pleased with this project. Well done, not a small task indeed."
Jan 13, 2014
Rafa liked Mark and Karen's discussion Third domestic battery on a 43
Apr 5, 2013
Mark and Karen replied to Fred McNeil's discussion Inverter installation question in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi Fred We fitted a 2KW unit on our two cabin 43, here is the install details hope this helps Mark"
Feb 27, 2013
Mark and Karen replied to Vedat Midilli's discussion Average fuel consumption of 4JH4AE in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"we work on 4 ltr/hr as the fuel gauge is not worth taking seriously. We also carry 40ltr in jerry cans, however, having seen Franc's second tank on CanDrac I think this is the way to go and then you always have enough safety margin for…"
May 31, 2012
Mark and Karen and Nick Osgood are now friends
Apr 7, 2012
Mark and Karen replied to sam's discussion prop selection in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Changed our minds from the Kiwi prop and decided to go for the Flexofold 3 blade. Cono Sur is out of the water at the moment and the new prop is being fitted this week ready for the start of the season. Looking forward to the modification as it…"
Apr 1, 2012
Mark and Karen replied to sam's discussion freezer insulation modification in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"We have the two cabin version and could not see how to get access, I could get my hand under the panel next to the compressors so I stuffed loads of small bubble pack in the void, seems to have helped. Installing a keel cooler this week which means…"
Apr 1, 2012
Mark and Karen replied to sam's discussion prop selection in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Also, have you serviced it? I read on the site that there is an annual service kit. thanks Mark"
Nov 8, 2011
Mark and Karen replied to sam's discussion prop selection in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"How have you got on with the prop? still happy?"
Nov 8, 2011

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All good plans.....

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 7:16am 0 Comments

Not the result we were expecting ! 

We had planned to take a couple of friends over to Northern Ireland for a weeks sailing in Belfast Lough, two hours into the ten hour trip and the weather changed completely with large rough seas and a good 28knts steady wind instead of the 12-14 on the forecast. One of our friends…


Picture in the post

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 2:25pm 0 Comments

Could someone let me know how to post a pic in the blog post?

Inverter install

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

As part of our plans to set up for blue water cruising we have a few planned changes we wish to make (over time) to the power around the boat. One of the first things was to get an inverter and later we will supplement the battery capacity with a third domestic battery and some wind and solar generation.

Its not a hard modification to do, but it is something you have to take care with as one side is shore power voltage (240V for us) and the other is huge cables (70 sq mm) onto big…


Teak treatment

Posted on April 3, 2011 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Spent the weekend bringing the teak back to that ‘new’ look. Used products from a company called Onward Trading who supplied the active cleaner and neutraliser (stage one and two) and a coloured sealant from Semco.

Took a lot longer than I thought it would given that we don’t have a full teak deck, just the cockpit, toe rail and coach roof.

We like the golden honey colour while others like the aged silver look however the ‘teak oil’ we used last year must have contained linseed…


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