Bringing back the Beneteau

18 February 2018 | Titusville FL USA
18 February 2018 | Titusville FL USA
20 January 2013 | Titusville FL
27 September 2011 | ICW Statute mile 879
26 September 2011 | Titusville FL
27 August 2011 | Titusville FL
18 August 2011 | Solid Sapele & Wenge
14 August 2011 | Titusville FL
10 August 2011 | TSVL. FL
05 August 2011 | Titusville FL
01 August 2011 | France
09 May 2011 | Ft Pierce, FL
26 September 2010
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09 August 2010 | Westland Marine TSVL. FL.
08 August 2010 | Westland Marine TSVL. FL.

The failing companionway lock.

18 February 2018 | Titusville FL USA
Many... of you have asked me about this lock. The original Beneteau lock is out of production, and IF you can get one of the people to scan the warehouse, it will cost in excess of $300.
As you will see in the top left picture, the Perko lock is considerably larger than the original. Notice the exposed screw holes.

To locate your replacement lock, take a piece of plywood approximately 6"x 6"x 1/2" and screw it to the door on the inside over the hole. Insert the lever into the overhead slot in the sliding hatch. (Just the lever, removed from the lock). Mark the center hole location onto the plywood. That is the center hole of the bottom of the lever.

Drill a small hole through that mark and you now have an external location for the center of your new lock. Using a hole-saw that is the correct size for your lock, insert the center drill bit into the 1/2" plywood from outside and drill until you touch the plywood. You should now be able to easily finish your installation.

Perko locks such as this, are available on ebay, West Marine, Defender, or almost any boat supply shop.

New ceiling in the V-berth

18 February 2018 | Titusville FL USA
David Smith/ yacht cabinet maker
Most of the cabin is covered with a factory insulated vinyl, like most Beneteau's. The V-berth had been replaced with a homemade attempt to duplicate the original. As you can see from the before photo, it did not.

I tore it out, sealed all of the exposed glass, and installed contoured bamboo rails to provide a surface to screw into without damaging the fiberglass. I bonded them to the ceiling with 3m-5200.

After adding foil bubble insulation, I screwed the new ceiling in and started creating a hatch extension from solid cherry and wenge. I reinstalled the black-walnut from the original ceiling to the bulkhead and even created a removable piece to access the wiring block, at the base of the mast.

HELP! I need a lock!

20 January 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........ 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.

Time for new curtains!

26 September 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.

Custom built Galley Table

18 August 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.

Wenge & Sapele Cockpit table

10 August 2011 | TSVL. FL
Reverse wood from the Galley table
Vessel Name: Vascheron
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Idylle 10.5
Hailing Port: Titusville FL ICW Statute Mile# 879
Crew: David & Phyllis
Phyllis has been my soulmate & Ist mate for the past 35 years. We have been friends since we were 6. She holds the speed record for our boat. Of course, I was holding on to the bow, as we pounded through the waves trying to fix the furling system that was jammed fully extended .... [...]
I read a good book! Lots of sailing... and romance. ALSO; THE GLOW, an adults ONLY book available on download from [...]
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Our escape plan

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