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Batteries---the bane of my life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paddy Delaney Sep 5, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi All,Advice on batteries--I am accused of being paranoid but!!!I have a 43 two years old french built, sailed in Solent and south coast/channel Uk and had the lead acid service batteries replaced…Continue

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Michael Boyle replied to MAssimiliano's discussion foldng prop FOF on beneteau 40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi, I have a Kiwi feathering prop on my Beneteau 43, 4JH5E engine. It looks small and blades are a funny shape but it works perfectly. They set the pitch depending on size of engine, will need to know gearbox ratios, and it has full pitch in reverse…"
Sep 22, 2016
Frank & Donna left a comment for Michael Boyle
"Mike, I don't know if this applies to your problem, however I had to change both cables from the battery switch to the electrical panel because of voltage drop. We took out 6 gauge wire and installed 0 gauge which reduce the voltage drop down…"
Mar 10, 2015
Michael Boyle replied to foster's discussion Spinakker halyard chafe in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hi, I have a French built 43 with a Zspar which had the eye just above the genoa halyard sheave. Spoke with Zspar UK about running the spinnaker/cruising chute halyard directly from the sheath at the top of the mast. They assured me that there was…"
Sep 20, 2014
Michael Boyle replied to Michael Boyle's discussion Undiscovered leak on Beneteau 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks Mike, Weather has been dry here in UK but am having boat out for an insurance repair(Dutch sailors normally don't have to contend with tides---4kn through marina) so will work my way from stern with a hosepipe and see if I can locate…"
Sep 20, 2014
Mike Brown replied to Michael Boyle's discussion Undiscovered leak on Beneteau 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"We have had a leak in heavy rain or big seas at the STBD stays base plate. Although it drips down the chain plate rod it is a possibility. Not sure this is your problem but you can access it by removing the small cover held in place by velcro. I…"
Aug 31, 2014
Michael Boyle added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Undiscovered leak on Beneteau 43

I have a 2010 French made 43 with teak deck, guard rail and adjustable genoa car. A leak has occurred that manifests from the forward of the two 240 sockets into the locker in front of the nav table. It also appears behind the rear socket on the shelf above instrument panel locker. I have re tightened the genoa car track but still leaking.A. Any ideas of where it is enteringB. Has anyone ever tightened the stations or guard wire gate.C. Ideas for how to find leak from deck.The fibre glass…See More
Aug 29, 2014
Michael Boyle replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 Reefing lines in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Have just a good article on what type of rope to use in which situation. One reference was about single line reefing being ruined by having stretchy rope. If going for single line use spectra or dyneema. Low stretch strong rope. As it is so strong…"
Feb 12, 2014
Michael Boyle replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 Reefing lines in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Just looked at my reply auto correct has made nonsense of my reply. Sorry it was correct at time of pushing reply"
Feb 10, 2014
Michael Boyle replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 Reefing lines in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"It all depends if you want the single line redefine that comes with standard Beneteau set up or separate reeling control for leech and luff. I had standard set up, which is round boom, up to reneging cringle, through block on outer end of boom to…"
Feb 10, 2014
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Feb 8, 2014
Michael Boyle commented on John Hanrahan's blog post Beneteau 43 sterntube leak
"If you haven't had a reply try the Beneteau 40 43 group. Other wise I can take photo in next couple of days on a 2010 French built 43. I've added you as friend so can email"
Feb 7, 2014
Michael Boyle replied to Peter Obetz's discussion Tips on adding radar to Bene 40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Mine is Raymarine colour (note spelling----UK based) fitted half way up mast. When first had yacht always used it when crossing English Channel. Have since added Raymarine AIS again onto chart plotter and rarely use radar now. Radar is expensive…"
Feb 7, 2014
Paddy Delaney replied to Michael Boyle's discussion Batteries---the bane of my life
"is the ventilation good where the batteries are ? when toping batteries off are you using sulfuric acid .......lead acid batteries come back to life [so to speak ] when drained and refilled with sulfuric acid  "
Sep 5, 2012
Veranda replied to Michael Boyle's discussion Batteries---the bane of my life
"The Exide EF1453 batteries are listed as starting batteries in the manufacturers literature.  If you're using them as your house bank that might be the root of your problem. If your wind turbine is only making 2 DC amps at 20 knots and…"
Sep 3, 2012
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Batteries---the bane of my life

Hi All,Advice on batteries--I am accused of being paranoid but!!!I have a 43 two years old french built, sailed in Solent and south coast/channel Uk and had the lead acid service batteries replaced after 6 months under warrenty as they were not holding charge. replacement are Exide EF1453 proffessional lead acid 145 amp hr and two off. On investigation the Dolphin charger had not been set up for lead acid.I am on a mooring and have a Rutland 413 wind generator which delivers 2amp in 20knots of…See More
Aug 29, 2012
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At 10:46am on March 10, 2015, Frank & Donna said…

Mike, I don't know if this applies to your problem, however I had to change both cables from the battery switch to the electrical panel because of voltage drop. We took out 6 gauge wire and installed 0 gauge which reduce the voltage drop down to under 1%. This solved all our battery issues. So, please check to see that you have the proper size cable installed, if you research voltage drop you will find that the length of the run increase the diameter of cable to maintain voltage. Frank

At 8:00am on September 23, 2010, Mike Brown said…
Mike, yes I understand about the genoa. Once they're rolled up you lose shape even though they have the foam pieces in the luff. Hopefully your sail maker can do something to fix that for you. Considering the conditions you typically sail in you may be better off using a smaller sail.
Mike
At 9:14am on September 22, 2010, Mike Brown said…
Mike, glad to hear you have the wheel locks taken care of. I always lock mine down when we're either at the dock or at anchor so I can appreciate the need for them. Yes you have to play the traveler and mainsheet to keep her from getting over powered but when you do she flys. I haven't had any leech issues with the main reefed although it's not that often I've had to do it. By any chance is your topping lift interfering by being too tight? I had to let off on mine a bit for that reason.
Mike
At 10:19am on August 6, 2010, Mike Brown said…
Wheel locks are nice. Hope you can get them. We also had some play in the steering which they were able to tighten up via the cables.
At 5:23pm on August 5, 2010, CAN DRAC said…
Welcome! Now show us some pictures of your 43, please!
At 8:44am on August 5, 2010, Mike Brown said…
Welcome to the group. I think you'll enjoy your 43, its a great sailing boat.
 
 
 

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Dave Shore replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 wheel leather in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks Mike. I will give it a try"
May 17
Mike Brown replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 wheel leather in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I use cordovan shoe polish on mine and it's a pretty close match."
May 17
Dave Shore added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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B43 wheel leather

Does anyone know what the actual color of the wheel covering is? Mine needs a little T&C, some leather dye, not sure if its dark red or something else? Want to match it first try.ThanksSee More
May 17
Luis Vieira de Sá replied to sam's discussion fuel gauge accuracy in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hello, 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 b)…"
May 16
Mike Brown replied to sam's discussion Head Hose changeout in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"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…"
May 10
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
sam replied to sam's discussion Head Hose changeout in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"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!…"
May 9
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