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Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Engine Blower in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Wayne, my never ran. I discovered the issue when the fuse blew. I then foolishly bought a new fan and installed it only to have it sound like a helicopter in the cockpit. I cushioned it and tightened it to no avail. I finally disconnected it without…"
Aug 4
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Engine Blower in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"The engine compartment exhaust blower is located on the port side behind the vent. You have to remove the propane locker to access it. To remove the propane locker you have to crawl into the rope locker below it and remove the hose that’s…"
Aug 4
Mike Brown replied to Chris's discussion Declining Water Pressure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chris that’s good news. The debris could have been from the tank when they cut opening for the hose fittings. Glad to hear you have it fixed. Mike"
Jul 10
Mike Brown replied to GaryG's discussion Fresh water leak B40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"If I recall correctly #1 is the aft tank and #2 is forward. We had marked our valves with felt pen to help when switching tanks. I’d start with the forward tank since it appears the water is coming from that direction. Does it only…"
Jul 4
Mike Brown replied to GaryG's discussion Fresh water leak B40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"One trick is to add a small amount of food coloring to the tank. The food coloring will make it easier to spot any leaks. Another option would be to use some Pink water Winterization. It too should pinpoint any leaks. Start with the Pink and move to…"
Jul 3
Mike Brown replied to Chris's discussion Declining Water Pressure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chris, I’d troubleshoot both sides of the system both suction and discharge. Doing so may require rigging some jumpers around specific components of the system. Start with the discharge side disconnecting the output from the pump. Use a jumper…"
Jun 15
Mike Brown replied to Chris's discussion Declining Water Pressure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chris, if I understand correctly the problem started after you installed the new pump. If that’s correct then I’d go back and check both the intake and discharge hoses for possible blockage(s). Mike"
Jun 13
Mike Brown replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion FLOAT SWITCH IN AFT SHOWER SUMP IN OUR 43 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Robert, glad to hear you got it fixed. That system is over engineered. Most other boats, including many Beneteau’s have exactly what you changed to, a simple on off switch. Take care Mike"
May 29

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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 10:12am on September 5, 2017, Pieter Wybro said…

Hi Mike, Thanks for your keen insight. I managed to find the fuse (it had blown).  By the way, I used to have a 40 before I got married, then I got a 46 (Beneteau's last one they built).  Alot of the systems are similar to 40/43 and the group has alot of experience, like yourself, so the 40/43 group is still very relevant for me.

Cheers,

Pieter Wybro

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
 
 
 

Latest Activity

Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Engine Blower in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Wayne, my never ran. I discovered the issue when the fuse blew. I then foolishly bought a new fan and installed it only to have it sound like a helicopter in the cockpit. I cushioned it and tightened it to no avail. I finally disconnected it without…"
Aug 4
Wayne replied to Wayne's discussion Engine Blower in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks for the info Mike. Now I need to verify it works. I know it gets extremely hot in the engine compartment after a while. "
Aug 4
Mike Brown replied to Wayne's discussion Engine Blower in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"The engine compartment exhaust blower is located on the port side behind the vent. You have to remove the propane locker to access it. To remove the propane locker you have to crawl into the rope locker below it and remove the hose that’s…"
Aug 4
Wayne added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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Engine Blower

A moment ago I was reading on another forum about a blower motor not working on a Beneteau 361 and then it occurred to me that I've never seen the engine compartment blower on my B40. If anyone here knows would you please enlighten me on it's location?Thanks,WayneSee More
Aug 3
Mike Brown replied to Chris's discussion Declining Water Pressure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Chris that’s good news. The debris could have been from the tank when they cut opening for the hose fittings. Glad to hear you have it fixed. Mike"
Jul 10
Tevfik replied to Chris's discussion Declining Water Pressure in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Good job!! Thanks for sharing the experience "
Jul 10
GaryG liked GaryG's discussion Fresh water leak B40
Jul 9
Mike Brown replied to GaryG's discussion Fresh water leak B40 in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"If I recall correctly #1 is the aft tank and #2 is forward. We had marked our valves with felt pen to help when switching tanks. I’d start with the forward tank since it appears the water is coming from that direction. Does it only…"
Jul 4
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