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Old 01-07-2019, 03:44 AM   #1
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ST44 cockpit bench

Am I the only one that is disappointed with the cockpit (and flybridge..) bench not being waterproofed?

Has anyone faced and solved this? A simple caulking will not be final solution, and probably the best way is to remove the bench, having it totally closed with fiberglass or plywood, and repositioned.

Any other solution?
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:09 AM   #2
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Am I the only one that is disappointed with the cockpit (and flybridge..) bench not being waterproofed?

Has anyone faced and solved this? A simple caulking will not be final solution, and probably the best way is to remove the bench, having it totally closed with fiberglass or plywood, and repositioned.

Any other solution?
Yes, it is very annoying and on my list of things to work on in Spring.

I store some things under the seating on the fly bridge and what I did was find clear plastic bins that fit and could be sealed shut. I store a lot of stuff under the cockpit seating that I need regular access to so its not an option to keep things in a bin.

I wonder if some simple weather stripping will solve?? I hope that I can find something that is flexible enough and can collapse so a seal is created and the seats sit mostly flush.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:30 PM   #3
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I also use plastic bins with sealeable top, but this is not the best!

Sealing the upper lid should not be a big issue: the problem are bottom and rear panel, that need to be closed totally.

Actually, I'm in the riubber gasket business: if I can find out a shaoe that can seal the upper lid, I will be happy to share it with you and maybe ship you a couple of meters
But he bottom and rear panel are a pain you know where...
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:15 PM   #4
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I also use plastic bins with sealeable top, but this is not the best!

Sealing the upper lid should not be a big issue: the problem are bottom and rear panel, that need to be closed totally.

Actually, I'm in the riubber gasket business: if I can find out a shaoe that can seal the upper lid, I will be happy to share it with you and maybe ship you a couple of meters
But he bottom and rear panel are a pain you know where...
I see what you are saying. I don't know that I would permanently seal because at least on the fly bridge, that is a main drainage pathway... I was actually wondering if ice damage could result in some of these areas when there are freezing temps at snow? I know one ST44 owner that didn't cover his boat but don't know how it turned out. Mine is inside getting worked on now so not worrying at the moment. I think if it were exposed, maybe I'd use shrink tape over the area to block it off.

My main concern with the cockpit seats was everything getting soaked from water coming in from above so the gasket would solve that. I would also get Dri-Dek (or similar - open to suggestions!) to put on the teak under the cockpit seats so water doesn't stay on the teak and it can dry out. I may also put it under the bins in the fly bridge seat storage compartments to allow water to better drain there.

Yes please do keep me posted if you find a shape that works! I wouldn't say no to some free samples.
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Why is there teak under the seats? Is this a French thing?

Has anyone brought this up with Beneteau, the manufacturer?
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:35 PM   #6
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Why is there teak under the seats? Is this a French thing?

Has anyone brought this up with Beneteau, the manufacturer?
Most ST44 come with teak in the cockpit. I think I've only seen one ST44 that did not have any teak and it was one of the first built. The cockpit seating is removable. Thus it sits on top of the teak deck when it is in-place.
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Waterproof bins is how we handle this. Huge waterproof storage under the cockpit is good for the bigger stuff.
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