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Beneteau Loves Silicone?

I've been surprised and pissed to find that Beneteau used silicone to bed pretty much everything on my 13 year old boat. First I found silicone under the winches and just figured they were the work of a lousy dealer equipment install. Same with the windlass. But now that I've run into the dreaded stuff bedding a dorade vent and water deck plates, it looks like this was the company's practice. Have other's noticed this? I didn't think any boat builders used silicone. BTW, my particular boat was made in France.

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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

Some even bed their portlights with it. One can make a case that silicone is inexpensive, stays flexible, and is easily replaced when need be, without the need to use a crowbar to unmounts the equipment (like 5200 might require.)

I'm not saying it is the "best" material, just that it isn't totally crazy.
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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

It's cheap and easy. No surprise, just disappointing.

At least I found beveled deck holes under my stanchions as I've been replacing the silicon with buytl.


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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

I have a 2008 B49 (US built) and had to rebed a leaky stanchion base. I was also surprised to see silicone was used.


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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

Ah, so you've got silicone on your Jeanneau, then Minne?

One good thing on the Bene is that the stanchions and some of the hardware, such as the winches, were installed over solid fiberglas, so a leak wouldn't cause a core problem. And I have to say, I've seen no evidence of leaks anyway. Which I figure makes this a good time to look at the stuff that is through core--before I see some depressing core moisture.

Good point HelloSailor, though there are plenty of choices in between silicone and 5200!

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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

Just wait til all your brass thru hulls start turning to chalk The silicone will seem like the good old days
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Thanks for the jolly wishes, xymotic! I've heard of that problem. What kind of boat do you have? Personal experience with that?

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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

The only place i think that i have found it is in my stanchion bases. But; i haven't verified that's what it is. No leaks so far so i really don't take things apart. I do plan on rebedding my winches soon just to make sure. Maybe there is some there? Replaced most of the thru hulls all ready

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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

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Ah, so you've got silicone on your Jeanneau, then Minne?
I did. Most of the stanchion bases have been redone in buytl now.

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some of the hardware, such as the winches, were installed over solid fiberglas, so a leak wouldn't cause a core problem.....
Same here, however, water would constantly find its way to the bilge whenever it came over the rail, it rained or we washed the boat. Wasn't a big deal, until a leak found its way down the electrical patch panel.


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Re: Beneteau Loves Silicone?

What's bad about silicone? Please educate me.

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