Recent content by Jeffinjax

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    Rig tensioning

    Thanks, Joe and Roy S. The boat is a masthead rig. If I tighten the backstays (it is a split back stay) the mast will rake further aft. I can't at the moment shorten the forestay, as you recommend, to take rake out of the mast, because the seized threads in the fitting. I still am not sure how...
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    Rig tensioning

    I have a Beneteau 423 and the fore and back stays needed tensioning. The mast had a slight bend aft. The USSpars catalogue has a procedure to tighten the forestay by lifting the roller furling apparatus and tightening the forestay underneath, but there is no turnbuckle. After a little...
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    Wandering wires

    Good point. All the cables are labeled in English, so probably a US build. As for the lights...I’ll check.
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    Wandering wires

    I have a 2004 Beneteau 423 (third owner +) and recently was tidying up some wiring in the aft cabin area. There is a group of wires I found in the area behind the battery switches labeled "Autopilot crse computer", both red and black, 8 gauge. They were cut off and carry no power, I thought. I...
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    Generator location in Beneteau 423 and Cutter rig

    Thanks. I thought that is where it’d go. I see how the boards over the fuel tank are cut. (We had to access the tank when we had a contaminated fuel adventure a few months ago.) The fuel tank has 2 fittings so I guess the second is for a genset. No plans right now for a genset though.
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    Generator location in Beneteau 423 and Cutter rig

    We have owned our 2004 423 for about 6 months now and are really enjoying it. It has 2 air conditioning units but no generator. In the event - unlikely - that we install a genset, where has Beneteau placed a diesel unit? The starboard Lazarette is the obvious place, but that would put it over...
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    The Riverside area. The St Johns River is a nearly 40 mile long, 3 mile wide sailor‘s dream. We are several hours from the ocean, and the tidal currents can add to that trip. Once there you have easy day sails to St Augustine and Cumberland Island. I guess I should note that I live in...
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    And the skipper must do this in heavy seas, at night, by the light of a headlamp. But it gives us a knowledge of the boat and all those other things that benefits us at times. As for sailing alone, single seat military pilots have said they enjoy the quality of the company in the cockpit...
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    I followed the red wire off the alternator under the port aft cabin bunk, (we have a 2 cabin model) in the space where the battery wires live. There is another relay for the windlass, not connected to the alternator, and the relay in question is outboard of that device. I disconnected the relay...
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    Forestay tensioning on a 423

    Thanks for the input. The masthead/top part of the mast has a little bend to it aft. I have in mast main furling, and it works pretty well. I understand from these and other sources that a bend in the mast is not too good for the furling system. As far as I can tell, the boat was lightly sailed...
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    Forestay tensioning on a 423

    There is a small bit of masthead "hook" rearward on our boat. We have a roller furling jib and main. Is there a way to tension the forestay with the roller fuller attached?
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    Further investigation reveals that the mystery wire leads to a relay for the windlass. Said relay is inoperative. We were guessing that it was there so the engine had to be running to use the windlass. The system was replaced and rewired sometime and the above was bypassed.
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    I'l check it out.
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    Mystery wire on alternator

    Now that I have your attention, there really is a mystery wire on the alternator. On my Volvo Penta D2 55, there is a red 12 gauge wire attached to the "D+" terminal on the alternator. There are also 2 wires on a spade connector there (one red/blue, one brown) that go into the big relay thingy...
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    Beneteau 423 battery question

    With that semi-puzzle solved, I'm off to another electrical question: In a previous boat, I had dissimilar battery banks, house, and start, as I have in the 423. When I motored any length of time, I made sure the battery selector was in one or the other battery position, and not in "Both." My...