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Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion BACKFILLING TOILET ON OCEANIS 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, it just occurred to me that another thing that you can do before you start making changes is to close the sea water intake thruhull when not flushing the toilet. If that eliminates your problem then you'll know it's definitely an…"
Monday
Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion BACKFILLING TOILET ON OCEANIS 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I'm assuming that you have the electric flush toilet. I'm also assuming that this happens even if you're sitting at anchor. So here are my thoughts. The toilet worked fine for 6 years and nothing has changed other than the back flow…"
Aug 10
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"I use a bridle set up for a snubber which works well. We do swing at anchor and either side of the bridle takes the load. Lots of options and opinions out there. Pick the one you feel comfortable with and use it every time you anchor. BTW once…"
Jul 18
Mike Brown replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 wheel leather in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Paste"
Jul 18
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Wayne, lugging it down the dock was easy.....I paid a dock hand to do it for me. Worth every penny haha. Mike"
Jul 13
Mike Brown commented on Michael Cioffi's blog post Black water in the head
"Hey Mikey, yep you need a new joker valve. The manual heads use one thats fairly large. The electric versions are much smaller. Both will eventually begin to allow back flow into the bowl. Replacing it isn't a big job and is much cleaner if you…"
Jul 12
Mike Brown replied to Chris's discussion Battery Charger in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chris, I initially typed a detailed answer but I'm afraid it wouldn't post so here goes a shorter version. Replacing your 40 amp Xantrex charger isn't really necessary. Yes a larger unit would charge faster but your charger only…"
Jul 12
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Wayne, as long as the link you use to join the two sections of chain together will run through your windlass you should be fine. I'm thinking of the type that comes in two halves that you connect then peen the pins so they can't fall out.…"
Jul 12

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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 7:49am on June 12, 2017, Frank & Donna said…
Thanks Mike, however I have tightened both attachments and if you grab the track in the middle you can move it side to side making the noise. I took it apart, slid the track forward to add tape to both side of the boom, than careful slid the track back in place. Noise is gone for now but I'm sure the tape may wear away bringing back the looseness and noise. It appears the slot the track fits into has increased in width, causing this problem. I have emailed US Spars for help too.
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?
 
 
 

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sam replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Yep, I too have snapped a couple of the clam shell drain covers off. I have a couple of spares, but may or may not replace this time. The slack didn't seem to be the ultimate cause. Seems that wind/tide shifts and wake surge would cause the…"
56 minutes ago
Peter Obetz replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sam, we are the essentially the same.  Using the same mantus bridle as you.  Quick question to you and any others using a bridle.  We had the bridle rubbing the sides of the bow in a recent storm and it ended up snapping off the…"
2 hours ago
sam replied to Wayne's discussion Anchor upgrade in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"On Longhawk we use a Rocna 20KG. I changed out the chain gypsy when new to one that handles 5/16 high Test chain. Then I went with 175 ft of 5/16 HT chain tailed with 200 ft of three strand.(overkill, but I had the rode as supplied new). For a short…"
2 hours ago
sam replied to Dave Shore's discussion B43 wheel leather in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"My wheel leather is shot. Not only do I have spots of eroded / worn areas but the stitching is now going also. Instead of trying to salvage the Cordavan/ Buckskin or whatever color they call it, I plan on stitching up some new elk leather grey…"
3 hours ago
sam replied to Chris's discussion Battery Charger in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chis, I have a 2008 B43 with what I expect is the same charger. Its a Xantrex 40 Amp. It does "run" a lot. As Mike responded. the fan is often on. Mine has done this  since essentially day one, cycling often.I have 660 amp hours of…"
3 hours ago
sam added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Teak seat metal protrusions

All knowing list....I have a new question.My boat is 9 years old now, and the teak seats are beginning to have metal "brads" sticking up out of the teak. My teak has weathered, as I am of the  natural teak camp, not varnishing or oiling heavily. Has anyone else seen this? Did Beneteau use brads of some sort along with the mastic? I plan on taking a small grinding bit on my dremel tool and touching each one until they are no longer standing proud, then do a little light sanding. Thoughts and…See More
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Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion BACKFILLING TOILET ON OCEANIS 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, it just occurred to me that another thing that you can do before you start making changes is to close the sea water intake thruhull when not flushing the toilet. If that eliminates your problem then you'll know it's definitely an…"
Monday
Robert & Sandy replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion BACKFILLING TOILET ON OCEANIS 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thank you James. I am really quite sure the trouble is in the in hose rather than the brown water out. The latest theory here is the wear plate between the impellor and the housing may be worn causing  loss of the seal which is the only…"
Monday
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