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Fuel tank cleaning through small hole

This is the plan I have for later this afternoon, as a way to clean my fuel tank. The fuel tank has not been cleaned for a while. Hence th…

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water maker or no water maker

Welcome Dave, I read your profile, and you mentioned that you are a live aboard. What design is your boat? Do you have water maker on boa…

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Cutless Bearing Replacement

Anybody has replaced their cutless bearing on their boat?What is the best way to take it out?Photos will be useful.Thank you all.

Started by h

0 Oct 26, 2010

Mold Solutions?

Mold has been happily growing inside our sailboat while shrink wrapped over the winter. My plan is to spray it down with a bit of bleach an…

Started by Donna

9 Aug 21, 2010
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Electrical Auto-Pilot which one?

Again, I am in the process of evaluating the electrical self steering systems to complement my windvane. This is as a back up to the windva…

Started by h

14 Feb 9, 2010
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Winter Storage tips?

Hi all. It is time to haul the boat out for storage here in the Northeast. This is our first sailboat and first year for winterizing. We wo…

Started by Aquamarine

1 Oct 4, 2009
Reply by h

PC based Plotter and Maps

This post was copied from a note sent by BLUBAJU to me. Most interesting if you do not know what is available out there. Hi h, sorry for…

Started by h

2 Sep 23, 2009
Reply by h

Teak? Shelves for magazines, wine glasses, dishes, wine bottles

I have seen these on boats but don't know if they can be bought or have to make yourself (yikes). I want to get rid of the Catalina formica…

Started by Terri

3 Aug 6, 2009
Reply by Terri

Sail Specification

This is a topic that I find most neglected by us sailors. We sail boats, so we buy sails. But most of the time the sail will be specified…

Started by h

0 Jul 9, 2009

Battery type

I am in the process of expanding my battery capacity from the original 150 AH to more like 450 AH. The question I have is which battery ty…

Started by h

6 May 24, 2009
Reply by Nathaniel Poole

Books on maintenance and systems

I learn a lot from books and am always looking for new titles. Here are a couple I'd like to share How Boat Things Work by Charlie Wing an…

Started by Kate

4 Apr 16, 2009
Reply by h

Fuel tank cleaning through small hole

This is the plan I have for later this afternoon, as a way to clean my fuel tank. The fuel tank has not been cleaned for a while. Hence th…

Started by h

12 Feb 17, 2009
Reply by Suky

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Kerim N replied to Randy Brown's discussion Beneteau 40 Black Mesh Window Covers in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Hello Randy, New to the group, going through the posts, I have come upon this thread.  I was considering tinting my windows of my Beneteau 43 with a darker tint, but I really like your idea.  So I will copy with…"
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Beneteau 40 & 43

A place to exchange thoughts, ideas and discussions about the Beneteau/Oceanis 40 and 43 models.
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Mike Brown replied to Larry Witty's discussion B43 Windlass Drainage in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Larry good luck. And remember to use the KISS Method when troubleshooting. Keep It Simple Stupid haha. It’s an old and basic concept that dictates you always do the easiest and obvious stuff first. Then if it doesn’t fix it get more…"
Dec 23, 2021
Larry Witty replied to Larry Witty's discussion B43 Windlass Drainage in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Thanks Mike, good advice which I will follow."
Dec 23, 2021
Mike Brown replied to Larry Witty's discussion B43 Windlass Drainage in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Sounds like you need to give that windlass some TLC. I used to clean and apply a light coating of grease to all the surfaces in and under the gypsy. It remained smooth over a 10 year period. Five of those years were spent cruising full time on the…"
Dec 23, 2021
Larry Witty added a discussion to the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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B43 Windlass Drainage

Doing some maintenance on my B43 Quick Antares windlass this year. After removing the windlass, I knew instantly that I should have been doing this at least ever other year.  The windlass was preforming weak and slow with a noise which made me think the motor brushes or a bearing was going out, thus the reason for removing it.What I found upon removal was a tremendous amount of salt and sand on the top part of the gearbox, literally packed in. Upon cleaning everything up, luckily all bearings…See More
Dec 23, 2021
James Taylor replied to Robert & Sandy's discussion DOLPHN 40 AMP BATTERY CHARGER in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
"Happy Holidays to you and yours. Happy to hear its working properly."
Dec 17, 2021
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