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Old 09-27-2018, 09:40 PM   #1
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I just bought a 2019 ST44.

Spent a week with it and had to go back up north, I made a punch list of things wrong. I donít like the way the front bell housing attaches to the flybridge. There are gaps where the screws didnít tighten down all the way. Iím hoping all the little things will be done when I go back down in 2 weeks to see it again I did notice when test driving it that the depth indicator goes out when accelerating This must be fixed and I saw some complaints on the forum about this I am spending a full day with the electronics guy soon I will go over anything wrong with it at that time. Overall I love it and canít wait to get back down to see it I keep in Fort Myers I Will be spending the winter months on it It was bought from the VIage group. They are known for excellent customer satisfaction and so far have lived up to everything so far. They gave me a great deal Iím glad I found this forum. I also really enjoy the Benneteau swift trawler Facebook site Glad to be a member here I had a 1999 Carver 380 Santiago previous. I just turned 60 so I treated myself I hope it rides good over the waves some say it does and some say it doesnít. On the three footers I was in so far it was splashing me pretty good. I am optimistic I got the walnut interior and the helm seat doesnít flip up for more counterspace when you get the walnut. A little disappointed about that We put a swivel on the salon tv and can watch it from the cockpit with the screen shut. Jim Peck. Boat name Pecktacular ST44 in Florida, my home base is Lake Geneva Wisconsin
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:53 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:58 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:27 PM   #4
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Congrats our new ST 44 and welcome TF...


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Old 09-28-2018, 05:28 AM   #6
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:05 AM   #7
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Spent a week with it and had to go back up north, I made a punch list of things wrong. I donít like the way the front bell housing attaches to the flybridge. There are gaps where the screws didnít tighten down all the way. Iím hoping all the little things will be done when I go back down in 2 weeks to see it again I did notice when test driving it that the depth indicator goes out when accelerating This must be fixed and I saw some complaints on the forum about this I am spending a full day with the electronics guy soon I will go over anything wrong with it at that time. Overall I love it and canít wait to get back down to see it I keep in Fort Myers I Will be spending the winter months on it It was bought from the VIage group. They are known for excellent customer satisfaction and so far have lived up to everything so far. They gave me a great deal Iím glad I found this forum. I also really enjoy the Benneteau swift trawler Facebook site Glad to be a member here I had a 1999 Carver 380 Santiago previous. I just turned 60 so I treated myself I hope it rides good over the waves some say it does and some say it doesnít. On the three footers I was in so far it was splashing me pretty good. I am optimistic I got the walnut interior and the helm seat doesnít flip up for more counterspace when you get the walnut. A little disappointed about that We put a swivel on the salon tv and can watch it from the cockpit with the screen shut. Jim Peck. Boat name Pecktacular ST44 in Florida, my home base is Lake Geneva Wisconsin
congrats jim

what depth sounder do you have? if its the puck that just sits on the bottom of the hull (not thru-hull), make sure they put antifreeze in it.

i too was disappointed that with the upgraded wood, the seat does not flip
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They haven’t gone over the electronics yet with me How will anti-freeze help? Totally unfamiliar with what you mean
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:12 AM   #9
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:30 PM   #10
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They havenít gone over the electronics yet with me How will anti-freeze help? Totally unfamiliar with what you mean
Transducers for Instruments & Sonar | Raymarine

Click "Types of available transducers"

if you have a "in hull" transducer, it likely needs antifreeze or another suitable fluid/jelly. i have having issues and i found mine did not have, when i added it works 95% of the time. most reliable is a "through-hull" transducer.
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Old 10-20-2018, 04:49 PM   #11
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The hockey puck style transducer (which sends it's signal directly through the solid hull) will not work unless the lower cup is filled with liquid. Anti freeze is recommended and should be checked if the unit is malfunctioning.

My original (stock) transducer was nearly useless in less than 10' of water, which is quite common here in SW Florida. I abandoned my old one and put in the hockey puck style, which I noticed Beneteau went with on new ST 44's in 2015 or 16. Great improvement!

Congrats on your ST!
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:49 PM   #12
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Congratulations on your boat and stay on top of them to get everything fixed quickly.

To all others and to you, next time get all these things fixed before taking delivery. They work much faster when waiting for final payment.
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:46 AM   #13
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Welcome and all the best with your new vessel, sounds like a keeper!
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Old 10-23-2018, 08:40 PM   #14
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Jim -

My Captain and I have a 2014 ST 44 and have cruised from Washington DC to Mass - just the 2 of us.

We have encountered 6+ ft seas in the ocean - and yes she is a "wet" boat but we were able to run 15 to 17 mph in big seas. At no time did we think that the ST44 couldn't handle the sea conditions.
As wise minds on TF have said - the boat can take more than you can........

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Old 10-23-2018, 10:32 PM   #15
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I have long had this dread of having to haul the boat to install/replace the transducer to a FF or depth finder. Then my 30-year old depth sounder failed. A recent thread here on TF about dink units lead me to a Hawkeye Depth Finder for under $100. I followed the video instructions for setting up a bed of slow cure 2-part epoxy to secure the transducer to the inner hull (no core). It was a very simple process and it works like a champ.

I bet there's a good way to secure the Raymarine XD to the hull in a similar fashion.
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