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Mike Brown
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  • Hatfield, PA
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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
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
Mike Brown replied to sam's discussion bilge water in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
Apr 4
Mike Brown replied to sam's discussion bilge water in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Like Peter we too had the rear AC condensation pump fail. It took quite some time to find as I never saw any condensation in the pan beneath the unit. Somehow it was missing the pan and dripping into the bilge and through the limber holes. Rather…"
Apr 4
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion B40 Bilge Pump in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Wayne, you always want the bilge pump to work even if the batteries are switched in the off position. Replacing a burned out bilge pump is much cheaper than replacing your boat. Mike"
Mar 29
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion B40 Bilge Pump in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"No it's not normal. For safety sake bilge pumps are normally wired so they'll function even with the batteries turned off. Sounds like someone wired it to the switched rather than the hot side of the switch. I'd move the lead to the…"
Mar 8
Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion TOTAL LOSS OF 12 VOLT CIRCUIT - 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, even if you have AGMs there should be a fuse somewhere in the circuit. I'd suggest following the Red POS lead to the On/Off switch and see if you find either a fuse or circuit breaker. If you have a voltage meter you can simply attach…"
Mar 5
Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion TOTAL LOSS OF 12 VOLT CIRCUIT - 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, even if you have AGMs there should be a fuse somewhere in the circuit. I'd suggest following the Red POS lead to the On/Off switch and see if you find either a fuse or circuit breaker. If you have a voltage meter you can simply attach…"
Mar 5

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Homeport:
Baltimore, MD
About Me:
Married with two daughters. Been sailing for 20 yrs.
Current location:
Traveling between Baltimore, MD and the Bahamas
Destinations visited:
Cape May, NJ, Annapolis, St Michaels, Baltimore, Solomon Is, Rock Hall, Havre DeGrace, Oxford MD, Block Island, Boston, Nantucket, Bahamas

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At 10:53am on November 5, 2016, John Hanrahan said…

Hi Mike,

Are you heading to the Bahamas?  I am in Green Turtle getting ready to launch and sailing to Riviera Beach to install solar and new batteries, then back to the Bahamas. Hope to catch up to you this year.

I am just changing my shaft seal before launch and thought I would change the cutlass bearing at the same time, it is pretty eaten a way but still not too much play.  I don't have an original Beneteau which is all rubber but I do have an Aqualube (same dimensions) but it is brass sleeve with rubber.  What do you think, it takes so long to get the part here from Beneteau.

John

At 1:45am on December 31, 2015, LOLA said…

Where are you these days/  I see not many using Seaknots much.

I think all are now on facebook

Have a great new years.

At 1:06pm on February 14, 2015, Andy James said…
Mike many thanks for the comment.....it's funny it's fairly obvious now that you've mentioned it cheers Andy
At 3:02pm on January 16, 2015, Larry Witty said…

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 find the FOB or get it replaced (or replace with a simple switch).

The boat is fairly well equipped for the cruising we do in Puget Sound and the BC coast, only major additions I have planned before summer are adding Solar Panels sown into the bimini (planning on 4 flexible Renogy 100W panels & Xantrex 40 charge controller) and a Flexofold prop.

At 3:08pm on July 19, 2012, alfred wheeler said…

 

Mike:Thanks. I am embarrassed to say that I thought the references to two "halves" meant that the forward half was glued, or otherwise attached, to  the aft half; hence my comment about vulnerability.

 Alfred Wheeler.

At 3:18am on September 23, 2010, Michael Boyle said…
Hi Mike
The main sets well--Elvstrom sails--its the genoa that I have problems with when I have a some turns on. The track --I don't think--- go far enough forward to allow the reefed genoa to have equal tension on foot and leach. I had the car right forward on the track with about 6-8 turns on rollex (force 5-6 beating--it always seem the way in UK tide and wind against you when going home) and 2 reefs in main. Boat well balanced and would sail on course without touching helm but the genoa leach was dropping off even after tightening the leach rope. Broker seems to think that its the typical comprimise you get with a cruising boat. Am seeing the sail maker on Friday so will discuss with them.
Otherwise really pleased with perfromance.
Michael
At 3:49am on September 22, 2010, Michael Boyle said…
Hi Mike
Have eventually solved the problem of wheel locks. Beneteau used to put two on, then went to one and about 6 months ago stopped all together--without telling brokers in UK. During that time my boat was delivered. After that they now have one on the port wheel as an optional extra. My dealer has agreed to fit locking wheel system--the port wheel spigot bearing was very sloppy so they were having to chnage that anyway---and has decided to have all their boats fitted with the wheel as part of the manufacture spec. Tides around UK fairly stong and any boat left with wheel loose would soon bear out all the rudder bearings as it flips one way or another.
Impressed with her so far--sails well, traveller play and outhaul essential to keeping power reasonable but having difficulty getting enough leach tension when headsail reefed. May look at a barber hauler system. Wife loves her which makes life wonderfull.
At 7:16am on August 6, 2010, Michael Boyle said…
Thanks, looking forward to putting through paces. Am having problems getting wheel locks--Beneteau stopped fitting them for some reason 6 months ago. Goiot make steering for French built am chasing them but like rest of France they are on holiday for August.
Michael
At 8:56pm on September 23, 2009, James Taylor said…
That refrigeration statement was actually for Sam in Texas. Could you forward it to him?
At 8:51pm on September 23, 2009, James Taylor said…
The photos are great! I sent copies to my family in Florida. Thanks. We have a couple small things. The head is a problem on a lot of these boats. We have the back fill problem some others mention but we are living with it til a solution is found. Those electric pumps cannot completely clear out the sanitary lines and the joker valve cannot hold the stuff back forever. It appears the stuff is pumped up to the top of the the tank and dropped into the tank? (Is this correct?)
Our monitor panel is out of sync. It shows our fuel tank as full when it is actually half full. Water measurements seem okay. Overall I think it is one heck of a boat ad we really enjoy ours. Will probably be going to Hampton this weekend. Winds are going to be out of N on Friday at 15kts(2-3ft seas) and of SW at 10-15 (2ft seas) Sunday. 40% chance of rain. Should be fun
James
 
 
 

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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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