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Old 23-05-2015, 19:04   #571
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Photo of inexpensive mast foot sunbrella wire protector/cover made by my canvas Guru. He used the 3M adhesive snaps to prevent any potential water capallary leaks caused by screws. As ive posted previously, it is odd that the wires come from Beneteau unprotected from the salt & sun.
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Photo of saloon table converted into bed.
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Old 26-05-2015, 18:29   #573
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FdM,

were any tools needed? - or was it just - pull the table up, swap the legs, put the table back and then cushions on top?

I have "mystery items" that even the dealer has no clue what they are for...
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Old 26-05-2015, 18:34   #574
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No tools required, just a hearty pull up on both sides of the table at the same time.


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Old 27-05-2015, 21:13   #575
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Question about Zeus Autopilot

I have received several malfunctions of autopilot, on one situation it just started turning in a circle (I was under power, not sailing), and it also occasionally stops working with alarm "lost sensor" (complains about various sensors). Has anybody experienced these/similar issues?
It seems that there is a B&G software update, since my boat is an early model - could it be just "stale" software, although it does seem more like a network bus error...

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SS, I experienced many similar issues. I have all B&G instruments (autopilot, VHS, AIS, dual zeus and triton instruments, radar, etc...). I called the B&G tech guru back east and he was kind enough to walk me through fixing everything (basically excessive network traffic by all these instruments). Everything has worked fine for several months sinse. I will send you his contact info in a private email. FdM
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Old 28-05-2015, 23:13   #577
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SS, turn off the AIS feature on the B&G VHF. In busy areas it floods the NMEA 2K bus with traffic and this interrupts the communication between the autopilot computer and sensors, causing it to shut off suddenly.

Try it and see if your autopilot problems disappear.


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Old 29-05-2015, 13:29   #578
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SS, turn off the AIS feature on the B&G VHF. In busy areas it floods the NMEA 2K bus with traffic and this interrupts the communication between the autopilot computer and sensors, causing it to shut off suddenly.

Try it and see if your autopilot problems disappear.


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I will definitely try it - although I kinda grew to love AIS ...

BTW, I only have an AIS receiver, not a transponder - does that have an influence in any way?
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I will definitely try it - although I kinda grew to love AIS ...

BTW, I only have an AIS receiver, not a transponder - does that have an influence in any way?
Ed, I had the technichian from B&G installing the latest upgrade on SV Monica and everything is working fine now, including the AIS from the VHF radio (very useful). Have a look at these two pictures. Click image for larger version

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I have a question about wrinkling of furled mainsail. My sail seems to wrinkle at the foot, starting almost at the clew and going back in several folds angled at about 45 degrees. Is this normal? Even taking into account the belly of the sail? Are there any tricks while furling? I tried keeping various tensions on outhaul with similar results.
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Photo of inexpensive mast foot sunbrella wire protector/cover made by my canvas Guru. He used the 3M adhesive snaps to prevent any potential water capallary leaks caused by screws. As ive posted previously, it is odd that the wires come from Beneteau unprotected from the salt & sun.
FdM, you called it!

First major rain and I got leaks through the wire entry points!

Obviously the problem is with improper seals (even on a new boat!), and I am addressing that, but obviously it is a point of failure, and it would be nice to have a cover.

Also, one would be surprised how much water comes down below, through a little hole between a cable and the rubber seal!

One benefit - I learned how to take the headliner off and got intimate with wire cluster under the mast!
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FdM, you called it!

First major rain and I got leaks through the wire entry points!

Obviously the problem is with improper seals (even on a new boat!), and I am addressing that, but obviously it is a point of failure, and it would be nice to have a cover.

Also, one would be surprised how much water comes down below, through a little hole between a cable and the rubber seal!

One benefit - I learned how to take the headliner off and got intimate with wire cluster under the mast!
The mast is stepped by the dealer's boatyard, so any leaks at the mast foot are the result of the yard not following proper bedding procedures for the wires.

My boat was delivered watertight at the mast step with no leaks and with stainless steel mesh wire covers over the wires.

Seems a number of these boats are being delivered to dealers who have apparently never seen a sailboat before?

The yard also steps the keel. Seems like you might want to have the keel bolt torques checked at the next haul-out to be sure they're correct.
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Matt. Pls post photo of ssteel wire covers delivered with your boat when u can. Thx. FdM
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SS. My inmast main does not wrinkle. FdM
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I was planning on bringing the boat to the dealer for 90 days check up. I will bring all this up.

I also noticed that I have an unused groove for a mast cable - 3 cables and 4 openings. The extra one leaks (as expected), in addition to a faulty one with the cable.

Interestingly, more water comes through a hole with a cable than the one that is simply an open hole!

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The mast is stepped by the dealer's boatyard, so any leaks at the mast foot are the result of the yard not following proper bedding procedures for the wires.

My boat was delivered watertight at the mast step with no leaks and with stainless steel mesh wire covers over the wires.

Seems a number of these boats are being delivered to dealers who have apparently never seen a sailboat before?

The yard also steps the keel. Seems like you might want to have the keel bolt torques checked at the next haul-out to be sure they're correct.
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