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Old 10-26-2021, 01:21 PM   #1
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ST44 2014 Helm Door

Our helm door is acting up, the top pin which slides down is not coming down enough to clear the catches at the top.

Beneteau maintenance in Charleston suggests we 'screw' the pin down (clockwise looking down) and they say this is not easy. They also say it is very difficult to remove the door if needed.

Curious if anyone has experience in fixing this?

Thanks, Scott & Nancy
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Old 10-26-2021, 07:20 PM   #2
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Have you tried using dry lubricant (if there is even anywhere to insert nozzle)?

I wonder if it possible to take apart part of the door/mechanism without removing the entire door (which I agree is probably a total PITA).

My helm door is definitely stiffer than the salon door but a forceful depress seems to do the trick.
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Old 10-27-2021, 08:55 AM   #3
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Possible good news from Jean Michel, maintenance manager of St. Barts in Charleston, and our Beneteau rep - he has seen this several times and has recently used the following fix:

using a small wire with 'plastic' casing (low voltage electrical or the like) pass a full loop over the top of the pin (clockwise looking down) and pull on the right end to spin the pin clockwise (looking down).

I look forward to trying this soon and will let y'all know if/how it works

Scott & Nancy
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:00 AM   #4
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Possible good news from Jean Michel, maintenance manager of St. Barts in Charleston, and our Beneteau rep - he has seen this several times and has recently used the following fix:

using a small wire with 'plastic' casing (low voltage electrical or the like) pass a full loop over the top of the pin (clockwise looking down) and pull on the right end to spin the pin clockwise (looking down).

I look forward to trying this soon and will let y'all know if/how it works

Scott & Nancy
Thanks! Please do keep us posted. Pics/videos are helpful!
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:05 AM   #5
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Worked like a 'charm' ... case closed (I hope)
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Old 11-01-2021, 09:29 AM   #6
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awesome and thank you for the follow-up!
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