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Beneteau First 38 pedestal compass removal

Discussion in 'Ask A Beneteau Owner' started by Michael Davis, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:32 PM. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    57 posts, 3 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    My new to me First 38 has a BEN compass with no visible screws holding it on. I would like to inspect/lube etc the wheel shaft bearings . Does anyone know the best way to remove the compass?
     


  2. Calif. Ted

    Calif. Ted

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    1,857 posts, 36 likes
    Catalina 320
    US Dana Point
    On most pedestals if you remove the 2 screws holding the compass light it allows the removal of the stainless cover which will expose compass mounting.
     


  3. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    57 posts, 3 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Thank Ted
    I'll check that out in the morning!
     


  4. Doug in Lakeview

    Doug in Lakeview

    Joined Oct 9, 2013
    61 posts, 5 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    US Chicago Belmont Harbor
    Hi Michael,

    Please search for post titled "Need Help Refitting mid-1980s GOIOT Steering System" started on Sept 23, 2014 in the Ask All Sailors forum. Post # 9 & 10 explain how to remove the BEN (French manufacturer “Bianchetti Electronique Nautique”) Marco Polo Compass from the GOIOT binnacle.
     


    Last edited: Feb 15, 2017 at 10:39 AM
  5. DougM

    DougM

    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,138 posts, 23 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    If its a Plastimo compass, the srews are under the kidney shaped inserts on the perimeter of the compass. Pop them off with a thin blade (carefully) and you will find the screws.
     


  6. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    57 posts, 3 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Hi Doug in Lakeview
    GREAT pics and explanation! That will make it so easy.
    Thanks very much.
    Mike
     


  7. Doug in Lakeview

    Doug in Lakeview

    Joined Oct 9, 2013
    61 posts, 5 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    US Chicago Belmont Harbor
  8. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    57 posts, 3 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Saturna Island B.C. Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    Thanks again Doug! You're making my life too easy! I wish I was as good as you documenting the work I do!
    Mike
     



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