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    Maine Sail update

    This is indeed distressing news! But thanks for letting us know so we can send our positive thoughts in Rodd's direction. As others have said, I don't think it is possible to have been on this site for long and to not have benefitted from @Maine Sail's expertise. An incredible resource who...
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    Teak seats and trim.

    I've been working off of a can I've had for well over 5 years and have forgotten how much it cost. But considering how easy it is and how much I like the results, yes, it was worth it, whatever the price was!
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    Teak seats and trim.

    +1 Another happy user of Semco
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    Surveys are a waste of money

    I can't really agree, but it does sound like you had a sloppy surveyor--or at least one who is sloppy with his/her reports. I think some base a new report off of an old one--not hard to see how a less-careful person can leave old info in there.
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    Reefer Drain

    On my 331 a valve under the sink in the head directs whether the shower sump pulls from the shower or the refrigerator. Once you switch to refrigerator, the button on the sink drains the fridge.
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    My 2003 Beneteau 411 shower floor drain is stop up. Does anyone know where the valve is located to release the water. My subpump does work.

    While way back some sailboats drained showers into the bilge, I don't think there's any way Beneteau would be doing that on a fairly modern boat. So are you saying that there is no switch/button to operate the shower drain pump somewhere in the head? Maybe right above the faucet?
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    My 2003 Beneteau 411 shower floor drain is stop up. Does anyone know where the valve is located to release the water. My subpump does work.

    So have you hit the toggle switch that runs the shower drain pump? I see a toggle switch on the Beneteau parts site. The drain doesn't just drain out--it has to be pumped out.
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    Shower drain clogged

    On my 331, the shower drain and the refrigerator drain share a pump that lives under the head sink. Also under there is a plumbing switch valve to choose which to pump. That's the plumbing part. Electrically, there's a breaker for that pump that must be on, and then a momentary on button on the...
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    Leak on B332

    My 331 was leaking water through the bulkhead at the aft end of the anchor locker. In my case, it was mainly rain, but then I rarely get a chance to bury the bow on the Chesapeake! The main culprit was a small hole that looked harmless but water running down the bulkhead came through. The other...
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    Help with diagnosing engine failing to start

    Here's a Yanmar example of a similar situation. After a easy, robust start in the morning, our 2GM20F Yanmar wouldn't crank at all in the afternoon. It turned out it had a fuse buried in the harness that could blow right when you hit the start button. Apparently resulted from something like the...
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    Two anchor topics

    Our 34 ft boat came with a plow type anchor. I don't remember the size but I do remember that I could have plowed furrows in the Chesapeake all day long with the thing. I switched it out for a 35 lb Manson Supreme, which sets and stays really well in the mud. I have no trouble sleeping with that...
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    Marinebeam

    Just bought a couple of LEDs from them a month ago with no problems and fairly quick delivery.
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    Universal M25XP not starting...air in system?

    It sure sounds like you ran out of fuel, considering that you saw bubbles when you were bleeding. Air got in there somehow! Seeing fuel in the filters doesn't mean there isn't air in the system somewhere.
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    Newbie questions.

    Re: the toilet intake. Most marine heads have this but you don't have to use it--I don't. I flush with fresh water to cut down on any smells that might originate with organic matter in raw water.
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    Cabin top rail removal?

    Well, I just used duct tape, which worked wonderfully. My concern about the silicone type repair tapes is that they bond to themselves fantastically, but not so well to other stuff.
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    Cabin top rail removal?

    When I did that job on my last boat, I just used tape. If your deck is cored there and you don't want to fill and drill, at least check for any prior water intrusion and deal with it while you've gone to all this trouble.
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    Beneteau 361 Stanchions Loose

    Yes, I can't say it was easy, but on the 331 they were generally "accessible" through either some movable headliner material, or removable panels, inside cabinets and such. There was some cursing involved.
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    Should I replace my old Yanmar motor mounts with OEMs or a newer design?

    I'm with Mainesail on that. I needed the mounts replaced on my last boat and the mechanic took it upon himself to replace with non-OEM because he felt the Yanmars were too soft and allowed too much movement of the shaft. I *think* he used PYI. Anyway, vibrations through the cockpit floor were...
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    Anchor Light LED

    At which point you can consider just getting a whole new LED fixture