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Bringing back the Beneteau
HELP! I need a lock!
01/20/2013, Titusville FL

I have a 1985 Beneteau idylle 10.50.
Many of the other Beneteaus use the same lock.
I need to replace this lock on the companionway door.
I found it in the BeneteauUSA site, out of stock, and $195.20 Ouch!
I believe it's made by Perko. It's 2 5/8" x 2 1/4" x 5/8"
The Beneteau order number is 082551
The tumbler has a number 469 on it.
My boat... as you can see from this blog...... has a thick lexan hatch that slides over the main cabin. This dead bolt feeds up into the hatch to be secure. There are many similar locks but the deadbolts are thin & weak.


email me........ [email protected] put the word Beneteau in the description so I don't delete it.

A similar lock was about $300 from Beneteau and had to located by phone. I found a black plastic (with hard metal hardware) lock on eBay for $40 that works perfect with the heavy Plexiglas hatch. Thanks to those of you who sent me information.

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10/16/2015 | Andy
Hi! I found your blog during a Google search. I have exactly the same problem with my companionway lock on my Beneteau 390. Can you tell me anything about the lock you found to replace it?

11/16/2015 | Marco
I have exactly the same problem! Would you please send me the link to buy it?


Time for new curtains!
09/26/2011, Titusville FL

The origional Curtains in this boat looked like someone sacrificed the back of their blue jeans, and screwed them to the headliner. They swung to & fro even while at the dock, and did not keep the incesant Florida heat out of the cabin. I leave the Air on all the time while at the dock, and it seemed to run too much. The issue with the previous owner and myself, was that the verticle liner between the Port lights was thin, and an effort to install hangers for the top & bottom rail of curtains would either not hold or eventually damage the liner. Finally a solid solution......! I shaped the wood (Sapele), to the contours of the boat cabin, cut a 1" Channel up the center, and routed a decorative edege on the 6 pieces. I installed 1" alum angle stock into each hanger and secured with stainless bolts. The exposed leg of the alum slid behind the interior Port light trim and tightened back down solid. I wanted heavy brass rod for the curtain rods until I searched and found the only comparable material was Stair tread carpet rods. "Way to expensive"! Off to Ace Hardware,,,, Fiberglass tomato steaks were really strong and only $4.00 each. I could get them all from 4 pcs. Next I found plumbing fittings that snugly fit over the ends. On the visable ends I screwed the fittings from the interior to the Sapele,, (All hidden), and on the other end I screwed from the outside with stainless into the fitting with the excess screw going inside the rod.

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Custom built Galley Table
08/18/2011, Solid Sapele & Wenge

The table in this vessel has always been a sore spot,,, literally! My knees were always hitting the sub-structure. With the table down the sub-structure remained up which cut the bed size down and left an impediment in the way. I suppose this was left for crossings,, so you didn't fall out of the bed? "I'll survive"

In my boat, I have removeable flat panel TV that mounts on the rail near the sink. This makes a great TV pit with the galley area leveled. In this photo it is almost finished. Just have to clean up the area and install the mounting knobs that are still on order.

The wood is Wenge,(The dark wood), and Sapele which is sort of a Teak/Cherry with luminisent gold hues.

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Wenge & Sapele Cockpit table
08/10/2011, TSVL. FL

Reverse wood from the Galley table

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Building the Table
08/10/2010, Titusville FL

Sapele & Wenge Table assembly!

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Who: David & Phyllis
Port: Titusville FL ICW Statute Mile# 879
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