Hints and Tips



Hints and Tips Index

The following Hints and Tips have been provided by other Jeanneau Owners, some are quite simple, some are more complex but all will give you ideas and techniques for making valuable improvements to your Jeanneau


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Articles are now ordered into sections. Do browse through as there is certain to be something of interest


Sails and Rigging


Hull, Rudder, Steering & Deck


Plumbing, Refrigeration & Heating


Engine & Electrics











Sails and Rigging

Mast lowering kit Sun 2000


Harken Deck Organiser ball replacement


SO34.2 - Mainsheet Track Control Upgrade


SO36i Self Tacking Jib installation


SO40 Mainsheet track upgrade


SO409 Genoa Track Installation


SO43 Mainsheet track upgrade


SO37 Mainsheet track upgrade


SO32 Mainsheet track upgrade


Bowsprit for a SO40


Bowsprit and Furler for a SO42DS


Custom Bowsprit SO49


Fitting and Flying a Code Zero


Replacing an In-mast Furling Line


Asymmetric Tack - Bow Roller Modification


Inner Forestay Installation SO34.2


Adjustable Genoa Track and Car replacement


Towable Genoa Car conversion


Bowsprit for SO29.2


Inner Forestay Project - Mast Tang


Inner Forestay Project - Deck Reinforcement


Harken Winch Servicing


Harken 44 Winch Service


Amiot/Goiot Genoa Car Refurbishment


Amiot Traveler Modifications


Amiot-Goiot Mainsheet Repairs


SO36i German Mainsheet Conversion


German Mainsheet Retrofit SO39i


Easymatic Two Speed Mainsheet


Additional Winches for SO409 and SO439


Additional Winches for SO34.2


Electric Winch Transfer Option


Adjustable Backstay SO36i


Adjustable Backstay SO32


Adjustable Backstay SO37.1


Reducing Friction in DS Furling Lines


Slab Reefing Improvement on SO34.2


SO32 Rigid Kicker Vang Installation



Hull, Rudder, Steering & Deck

SO32 & SO26 Swing Keel Removal


Hardtop Dodger for a Tonic


SO36.2 Transom Step Rebuild


Teak Decking Replacement


SO36i Anchor Chain Guide


Hydrovane Self Steering Installation


SO37 Rudder Bearing Replacement


JOD 35 Rudder Bearing Replacement


SO47 Rudder Rebuild


Lift Keel Anode Change on SO35


Goiot Hatch Handle Reseal


Stainless Deck Grab Rails


Leroy Somer Windlass Repair


Pushpit Strenghtening Handrail


Companionway Grab Handles


P Bracket Repair


Cutless Bearing and Shaft Multi-Tool


Upper Rudder Bearing Support Repairs for SO45.1 and 52.2


Bow Thruster layouts SO42.1


SO37 Steering Pedestal Upgrade


Goiot Pedestal Repairs


Sun Legende 41 Window Upgrade


New Rudder and Sugar Scoop for a Tonic 23


Tonic 23 Outboard Modifications


Twin Rudder Alignment


SO49DS Additional Forward Portlight


Tonic Walk Through Stern


SO36i Helm Seat and Outboard Lift


Custom Radar Arch with Dinghy Lift


Anchor Locker Storage Shelf


Anchor Lock Drain Improvement


DIY Wheel Brake


Anti-chafe guards Option 1


Anti-chafe guards Option 2



Plumbing, Refrigeration & Heating

SO40 - Galley Sink Drain Upgrade


SO40 - Refrigerator Mechanical Upgrade


Diesel Heater Installation for SO30i


Replacement Holding Tank


No Smell Heads


Jabsco Heads Service Made Simple


Shower Sump Pump Timer


Shower Pressure Fix


Exhaust Water Separator


Installing a Webasto Diesel Heater


Installing a Mikuni Diesel Heater


Installing a Eberspacher Diesel Heater


Additional Water Tank for SO34.2


Fridge Upgrade for Tropical Cruising


Repairing a Danfoss Fridge



Engine & Electrics

Yanmar SD50 cone clutch & shaft seal repair


Solar Instal on SO42DS Bimini


SO30i Electric Windlass Installation


Hydro Generator Installation on SO30i


50w Solar Rail Mount on SO30i


Additional Electrical Panel build and instal - SO42DS


Dual Engine Temperature Monitor Display


LED conversion for older interior lights


Solar Instal on SO36i


Improved Battery Box


Save power loss by fitting a FET battery isolator


Fuel Tank Clean and Fuel Polish


Fitting a Galvanic Isolator


100w Solar Panel on Coachroof


Solar Panel on Bimini


Solar Panel on SO35 Garage


Raw Water Pump Repair


Changing a Volvo Penta MD22L-B Timing Belt


Changing Yanmar Impellers


Diesel Fuel Tank Cleaning


Additional Engine Inspection hatch for SO35


Additional Engine Inspection hatch for Sun Shine 38


SO37 & SF37 Teleflex Cables


Double Fuel Filter Upgrade


Variable Engine Room Fan


Battery Management Systems


Inexpensive Battery Current Meter




 SO37 - Hatchway Instrument Pod


SO40 - Multi Function Displays at the Helms


Jefa - Garmin Pilot Instal on SO35


Instrument Installation for SO30i


Windpilot Pacific installation on SO30i


Raymarine ST1000+ Tillerpilot Instal


SO37 TV and Monitor Installation


SO36i Autopilot Installation


GPS Plotter Relocation


AIS Installation


Raymarine Plotter Repairs


Radar Pole Mount on SO37.2





 Installing a swim platform on an Attalia


Bow Ladder


Butane Gas Detection


Gin Fizz Bulkhead Issues


Skin Fitting and Thru-hull Safety Check


Engine Fire Access Ports


Last Resort Bilge Pump


Companionway Step Security


Boarding Ladder Release


Galley Grab Pole


Jeanneau Mirror Safety


Check Steering Cables




Hardtop and enclosure for a Tonic


Slim Sprayhood


Companionway Seat


Bow Boarding Step


SO30i Extra width saloon berth


No Maintenance handrails for SO40.3


Smart Chart Storage


SO30i Bimini & Solar Panel


Teak Companionway Doors for a SO42i


Installing Cockpit Speakers


Galley Chopping Board


Cockpit Table and Drinks Holder


Ottoman Teak Stool


Extra Heads Mirror


TV Antenna Installation SO36i


Installing fans in an SO36i (the easy way)


Microwave Removal and Replacement


Microwave installation on SO34.2


Heads Mirror and Cabinet Replacement


Double Size Saloon Table


Saloon and Cockpit Table Upgrades


Cockpit Table for Central Mainsheet Layouts


Sea Berth Conversion


Forecabin Backrests


Installing Dimming LED Cabin Lighting


Teak Table Option for Goiot Pedestal


Galley Worksurface Corian Upgrade


Additional Storage for SO43DS


Under Forward Berth Storage


SO37 Forward Cabin Storage


Portlight Rain Shields


Replacement Headlining - Arcadia Aft Cabin


Replacement Headlining - Arcadia Heads




Budget Anchor Light


Jeanneau Halyard Knot


Sun Legende 41 Rebuild


Jeanneau Flirt Restoration


Sun Odyssey 42i performance Commissioning Diary


Various Improvements to a Sun Odyssey 42DS


Sun Magic 44 Upgrades


SO43DS Upgrades


SO34.2 Upgrades


SO40 Upgrades


SO42DS Upgrades


Sun Shine 38 Upgrades


SO54DS Upgrades




How to Winterize Your Boat