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.