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First two months with Oceanis 45

It's been a quick two months but I've managed to learn a bit about my new Oceanis and the level of frustration I had initially has subsided quite a bit. It's actually a nice boat. Some items I plan to have done or have done are listed.

Move the Generator Raw Water Strainer Basket to the Lazarette, because it is impossible to service where it is. PIA!

Relocate the Generator Coolant Reservoir. I may just move it slightly, but where it is now requires that it be removed to access a bolt that holds the accessory cover in place. If you want to do a belt adjustment or replace the impeller you will have to drop the reservoir. PIA!

Relocate the Autopilot controller to the Port side away from the rate compass. The rate compass location is not according to specs as far as proximity to the Autopilot (it should be more than 1m away).
I could move the rate compass as Beneteau has now done, but most of the connections for the Autopilot are actually on the Port side. ???

I've already added City Water connection with basic filtration but am struggling with a pressure drop from the filters. The Shurflo connector has a built in regulator that drops pressure to 54psi. I'm going to remove it and put a regulator downstream of the filters so that they get the full city water pressure.

I've added a Maretron Fuel Flow system. It turned out to be more expensive than I hoped since I really needed to purchase an interface to program the flow module. Otherwise I'm pleased with the outcome. I plan to do a full chart of fuel flows prior to going hard and then compare it hopefully with a new Autoprop.

I'd like to install a bow camera since I do a lot of single handing. It would be nice to see the mooring ball. The Simrad NSS's have two video in connections but require an adapter cable to connect cameras. I purchased the adapter cable only to realize this past week that Beneteau installs it at the factory. It's been some time since I purchased it so I doubt I can return it. Ebay?

I purchased two solenoid valves and a two channel wireless controller with key fob. I'm going to connect them between the city water and my two water tanks so that I can fill them remotely. It was actually pretty cheap to buy the components and I hope to post it in the section for low cost projects. No more dragging a hose over the deck.

I found some compact wall mounted toilet brushes with glass cups that match the other hardware in the heads exactly. They mount nicely just to the left rear of the toilets.

Will install USB Charger outlets in each cabin. These are a dual USB outlet that connects to 12volts and provides charging power for ipads, phones, etc.

Cruising Spinnaker with Spinex Topdown furler. Items in hand this past week, I hope to get to try it at least once before going up on hard.

I've already installed a Sonic Hub by Fusion, but regret it now. Had I known the Version 3 of the Simrad Software would support the Fusion Link stuff I would have installed a complete head unit instead, specifically the MS-IP700i. As it is I also had to install a Remote so that I could adjust the Sonic Hub down below. I may put everything on ebay and if it sells just get the MS-IP700i for spring.

I'm building a small ITX form factor PC with a low power CPU that will run on 12Volts and connect it to my TV at the NAV Station. It will also be connected to the Chartplotters via Serial and the Sonic Hub for audio. I'll use if for NAV software, internet, and entertainment.

I've installed a P79 Depth Transducer but am struggling with getting it to work consistently. I'm wondering if the hull thickness is just too much.

I'll probably shrink wrap this year but I would like to try my hand at sewing and build a cover for next year.

I've put together some maintenance parts for the engine and genset, but I would like to start collecting spares for the water and toilets/waste systems.
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Re: First two months with Oceanis 45

By that graphic it seems you own a motorboat

Your boat is a new one? You say that it is a nice boat but for what you say it seems to me a lousy boat

It would be nice if you could give us a better idea about the boat and not only the bad things. If you say it is a nice boat you should like something on the boat.

We can see the motoring performance. How about the sailing performance?

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Re: First two months with Oceanis 45

We took our 47.7 to the yard yesterday, and there was a sweet Oceanis 45 sitting there on the dock. Very nice. Personally, I think Beneteau does a very nice job. The wiring, the water system, all of it. The boat is pretty bullet proof. Yes, some little annoyances. What is up with the button you have to hold the whole time you want the shower sump to pump? That was designed by someone that never actually took a shower in the boat.
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We took our 47.7 to the yard yesterday, and there was a sweet Oceanis 45 sitting there on the dock. Very nice. Personally, I think Beneteau does a very nice job. The wiring, the water system, all of it. The boat is pretty bullet proof. Yes, some little annoyances. What is up with the button you have to hold the whole time you want the shower sump to pump? That was designed by someone that never actually took a shower in the boat.
Yes some annoyances that are easily fixed, but it does sail nice and there is tremendous space for a 45ft boat. I've seen just over 9knots which is slightly over theoretical. I'm gradually learning to tweak the sails given my inexperience, but if I can sail it on my own as a credit card push button sailor, I should think anyone can. I also felt a bit foolish when it occurred to me that I was carrying around about 300kg of water that I don't use in the forward tank. Dohhhh! It took about a 1/2 hour for the Jabsco to pump it overboard. Also I never use more than 15 gallons(which I hope to reduce further) of diesel between pump outs so I fill to about 5/8.

As for the gulper in the shower, mine is on a timer (10 seconds??). You don't have to hold it. I would think it would be an easy and worthwhile fix. I first used a gulper on a 2006 Beneteau 50ft Cyclades, you had to hold it. It didn't make much sense, so I was pleasantly surprised with mine.
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As for the gulper in the shower, mine is on a timer (10 seconds??). You don't have to hold it. I would think it would be an easy and worthwhile fix. I first used a gulper on a 2006 Beneteau 50ft Cyclades, you had to hold it. It didn't make much sense, so I was pleasantly surprised with mine.
Talking about the sump pump reminds me of something that happened at Strictly Sail in Chicago a few years ago. My brother and I were on a Oceanis 50, and I was in the head looking at the sump button. It was still a "button" and not a switch, so for some reason I pressed it. It pumped for several seconds and then stopped. So, I could see it was different from what I have. Pretty quickly some guy came running into the boat asking who pushed the button. I raised my hand, and the guy started lecturing me how it was "winterized" and it needed to have the pink stuff there and I just put it in jeopardy of being damaged. I told him this wasn't true as the point is to not have fresh water there, not that you needed pink stuff. The guy was a real jerk. I said that I can understand that they don't want people just playing around with boats, but then I tried to explain my curiosity and that I was someone that actually bought a boat at a boat show.
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Re: First two months with Oceanis 45

I would have loved to have been on the outside as the antifreeze trickled out. Mine is still a button as you experienced in the 50, I assume most are. That is one spot I would not have remembered to put antifreeze. Maybe that's why I should pay a pro, at least the first year.
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Re: First two months with Oceanis 45

Here is another annoyance, and this one is major. The icebox drains into the small refrigerator. The small refrigerator has a drain that drains to the foot pump in the galley. That galley foot pump has a selector to pump from the drain of the refrigerator, or it can pump sea water into the sink (in my case, lake water.) Bottom line is that if you leave ice in the ice box it will overflow the very small pan in the refrigerator and seep into the cherry wood. Very uncool.

Also, the "grid" of the hull doesn't have a way for water to drain from one section to another in many areas. So, if water gets in one of them, it might just sit there until it gets high enough to weep into the wood that goes a little below floor level. And, if you drill holes connecting these grid sections, you will have water flowing under the grid which seems like it would lead to a mold nightmare.

But otherwise, a fantastic boat that is tough as nails.
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