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  1. Doug in Lakeview

    Keel Bolt Removal on a 1984 Beneteau First 38

    Hi all, We have a 1984 Beneteau First 38 and have just spent the last 4 days removing 20 Keel Bolts. DÉESSE has a keel-stepped mast and it is nearly impossible to stop water from making its way down the inside of the mast. Yes, there is “internal dam” within the mast that is located at deck...
  2. Doug in Lakeview

    Go CUBS Go !

    On the boat tonight at Belmont harbor just east of Wrigley field. Pandemonium. We can hear the crowds in the stadium and on the streets around Wrigley. Lots of fireworks - almost as much as July 4th. Edison (our dog) is hiding in the v-berth. Harbor is still about 1/2 full even though we...
  3. Doug in Lakeview

    Need Advice on Autopilot Drive Unit

    Hello from cold Chicago, We are upgrading marine electronics this winter and have narrowed our selection. We are new at this and are looking for suggestions and advice. We are leaning towards B&G. B&G for masthead unit, combined speed/depth/temperature sensor, & a ZEUS2 multifunction...
  4. Doug in Lakeview

    Need Advice on Pulling Perkins 4.108 From '84 Beneteau First

    Hi all, Our ‘84 Beneteau First 38 is on the hard. Another part of this year’s winter work is the Perkins 4-108 engine (only 2200 hours) which runs great but is oozing oil everywhere. It starts within a couple of seconds after engaging the starter motor and been very reliable. We only use the...
  5. Doug in Lakeview

    Rudder Repairs on '84 Beneteau First 38

    Hi all, Our ‘84 Beneteau First 38 is on the hard. We dropped the rudder while she was in the sling during haulout 2 weeks ago. Exceeding easy to do considering that this may have been the first time the rudder was dropped in 29 years. Stainless steel shaft looks good. Apparently, the rudder...
  6. Doug in Lakeview

    LPG (Propane) to CNG Conversion for Stove – Anyone Done It?

    We are currently restoring a new to us 1984 Beneteau First 38. It has a mid-1980’s vintage propane (LPG) 2 burner stove with oven manufactured by ELECTROLUX. It is stainless steel, gimbaled and still in “like new” condition. Apparently not used much. It is currently set up with propane as fuel...
  7. Doug in Lakeview

    Mid-October Sailing in Chicago

    Hi all, Still holding on to summer here in Chicago. We were out sailing Friday, Saturday, & Sunday this past weekend on Lake Michigan. Sunday’s high temperature was 60 F, SE winds of 15 knots with gusts at ~20, waves of 2 to 4 ft. We were out sailing on our Beneteau First 38 and friends were...
  8. Doug in Lakeview

    Need Help Refitting mid-1980s GOIOT Steering System

    Hi all, The steering wheel on our 1984 Beneteau First 38 is a bit loose. Basically it wobbles a bit. I was not sure if the connection between the shaft and the wheel was loose or if the shaft was loose within the binnacle. Luckily, I was able to remove the BEN (French manufacturer...
  9. Doug in Lakeview

    It’s A Small World

    Our 1984 Beneteau First 38’s hull was laid in September 1983 in France. At that time the US$ vs. French France exchange rate soared to over 8 Francs per dollar. From what I have heard there were a lot of US sailors who went directly to the Beneteau factory and ordered sailboats at that time. The...
  10. Doug in Lakeview

    Best Practice To Terminate Wiring for Keel Stepped Mast

    What is Best Practice To Terminate Wiring for Keel Stepped Mast? Hi All, Is the following doable? Any downsides? We are newbies here – just our 2nd sailing season. We have a Beneteau First 38 with a keel stepped Isomat NG-60 mast. Mast total length is 55.5 feet. The mast is...
  11. Doug in Lakeview

    Looking for Advice on Fixed Portal & Headliner Replacement

    Hi, We are in the process of replacing the 29 year old plexiglas portals in our Beneteau First 38. While we are at it we are also removing the sagging foam backed headliner. So far we have accomplished the following: - removed plexiglas - removed still soft (after 29 years) sealant which...
  12. Doug in Lakeview

    Looking For Advice on Installing Holding Tank Under V-Berth

    Hello all, We are in the process of replacing the holding tank for the forward head. I removed a 29 year old VETUS 75 liter (19.8 US gallons) from our 1984 Beneteau First 38. It was smelly but amazingly not leaking. We will be installing a RONCO rigid polyethylene tank. Has anyone installed...
  13. Doug in Lakeview

    Any Suggestions for Supplier for WEBASTO AC Unit?

    Hello all, We will be installing a Webasto FCF 16,000 Btu/hr (115 Volt) AC system on our ’84 Beneteau First 38 in the next month or so. Best price I have found so far is with the following vendor: Marine Screens 1923 Bragg St # 140-2957 Sanford, NC 27330 www.marinescreens.com Does anyone...
  14. Doug in Lakeview

    Crack Discovered on Cast Aluminum Masthead - What to do?

    Hi all, Last weekend we unstepped the mast from our 1984 Beneteau First 38. Upon inspection of the mast at grade level we noted that the front part of the masthead aluminum casting was cracked. The crack is on the portion of the masthead to which the headstay is connected. The stemball fitting...
  15. Doug in Lakeview

    Chicago bridge lifts for sailboats

    Hi all, On Wednesday we made the journey from Belmont Harbor to Canal Street Marina on the south branch of the Chicago River. We had to go through the lock at the head of the river and then be in position to pass through the 1st bridge at 9:30 AM. There were a total of ~ 15 sailboats on the...
  16. Doug in Lakeview

    Questions Concerning Baby Stay & Running Backstays

    Hi all, We have a 1984 Beneteau First 38 (Tall Mast & Deep Keel). She has a baby stay forward (with block & tackle) and a pair of running stays aft (not connected – still tied/taped to shrouds as when we bought her). The baby stay was not adjusted all summer. The running stays were never used...
  17. Doug in Lakeview

    Beneteau First 38 Owner with Questions Concerning New Sails

    Hi all, New member. My first post. Partner and I bought a 1984 Beneteau First 38 in March this year. We are very pleased with our purchase. Previous sailing experience for both me & partner was almost nil – except for US SAILING 101 course a couple of years ago. We are the 3rd owners. First...