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02-21-2009 02:23 PM
deniswfoster Hello negrini,

Could you give me more information on the rudder post delamination issue.

I have hull n°77 oceanis 43. The boat will be out of the water for a month and I would like to fix this if needed.

Did you get a comment or a service note from Beneteau ? Could you post it on the forum or by private mail ?

Thank you for your help.

Denis Foster
02-17-2009 10:07 AM
deniswfoster Hello,

Could you give me more information on the rudder post delamination issue.

I have hull n°77 oceanis 43. The boat will be out of the water for a month and I would like to fix this if needed.

Did you get a comment or a service note from Beneteau ? Could you post it on the forum or by private mail ?

Thank you for your help.

Denis Foster
02-14-2009 04:55 AM
deniswfoster Thank you, for your post. For the moment we are in Spain, Beneteau Spain has no information about these 2 subjects. I have mailed and written to the head office in France. No reply for the moment. We bought our boat in Spain.

It would help me if you could send me the service note you have. This problem with the autopilot tablet getting loose happens on B43 built in France and in the US.

Thank you for your help. I will keep you informed.
02-13-2009 10:45 PM
negrini Sorry, but I have the service note just for the bulkhead that gets loose from the rudder system. Drop a call to your dealer, as this problem is very easy to repair by reinforcing the upper bearings. We had another 43 and one 40 with exact same failure !!
02-08-2009 06:06 AM
deniswfoster
B-43 Oceanis rudder

Hello,

Do you have more information on this rudder problem for example the service note from Beneteau?

I have hull n°77 and I know other Oceanis 43 had problems with the fixation of the tablet for the autopilot that gets loose.

Thank you for your help

Denis
12-12-2008 05:19 PM
Bene505 Thanks for posting this.
12-06-2008 11:52 PM
negrini The failure is anything particular to the OC43, as OC40 have same system and same mounting. The only explanation my friend got still points to an isolated case. So far, Beneteau did not provide any official communication about the rudder failure on hull #66, but issued a Service Bulletin to increase the resilience at upper rudder post bearings. I don't know if such bulletin apply to every OC series, or from a specific number, neither if this is a specific to these boats. Anyway, my hull #66 is preventatively under service, despite not showing any sign of failure.

So far, nobody reported any analisys on what happened. We don't know if the system was damaged by the autopilot engaged under heavy load, nor if the boat hit anything submerged, or this is a design/mounting failure.

Check here the failed rudder. The upper post became loose, so skipper attached a line, disconnected the autopilot, in order to not further damage the rudder system.



Note the loose upper bearing. The mirror shows behind, in a difficult spot.



After repair started, you can see the upper collar removed. Note how it was pulled out of original bond to the hull.



Now, new bearing is re-inserted, but its void around it, will be completely filed with epoxy to increase the bond to the hull.



Note the epoxy mask on the wood. At least, looks far more robust.



Final touch. Another plastic ring screwed to the wood, brings even more hardening to the original system.

11-30-2008 02:20 PM
mdbee
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11-30-2008 09:16 AM
CanDrac
Photos?

Negrini,

Thanks for the heads up!
Do you have any photos?

-franc
Beneteau 43 hull 53
S/V Can Drac
11-22-2008 09:32 PM
negrini Great Cam, once I have real stuffs (photo, papers, etc) will post here then we decide and invite Beneteau (I know sales guys) to post response. I hope to have it in a couple of days ....
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