Originally Posted by Dedzaboy
Hi all, I'm looking at a First 375 and strangely it seems to only have two flexible water tanks under the salon
seating. I'm assuming that this is not standard and that originally there would have been built-in or at least solid tanks - but where would they have been?
I also need a replacement stainless pulpit, does anyone out there know where I could obtain one or could recommend somewhere that could make one to order that's made one before, i.e. wouldn't need to measure up on the boat? I'm in Grenada
but would import
from the US or wherever - Beneteau don't have one, I've already checked, they're also very expensive from Beneteau.
When the yacht was first sold, the first buyer had the option of having either stainless steel
tanks or flex tanks--in either case under the seatees. Of course, the stainless tanks were much more costly, and disallowed access to portions of the hull
floors and sole, so the majority of folks opted for Flex tanks as is the case on our boat. The flex tanks were very well made and most last a very long time. They can be pulled, and the fittings removed (i.e. unscrewed) to allow one the clean the insides of the tanks if necessary. On our boat, when I reinstalled the tanks I placed "DryDeck" under them to ensure air circulation and added some Neoprene padding to increase chafe protection "just in case". We should get another 26 years out of them.
Given your location, the best--least costly--place to get your pulpet repaired, replaced, is Martinique
. Le Marin, at Cul-de-Sac Marine
on the south end of the island has about the largest yachting center in the Carrib with a fleet of over 600 charter
boats and chandleries/shops galore to service
them. We have friends there now that have been raving about the place, the food
, and the inexpensive prices for gear/repairs (and I expect they will be a bit down on their lines before they leave). From Grenada, the run north would be an easy sail and Le Marin is an all weather
harbor so the time of year wouldn't be of concern if you were delayed there awhile.