For all of you contemplating purchasing those davits here is the response from Jeanneau America after sales rep Gilles Rigaux:
”Hope all is well. The retractable davits on the JY51 are not designed or intended to be water proof. They drip when it rains. This is standard and will continue to be standard on all JY51 and JY54. There are weep holes for these to drain into the bilge. This is how the boat is built.”
So here you have it, they sell you not waterproof vessel.
We didn’t have weep holes. We removed ours!
I only hope somebody from Jeanneau management reads this forum.
How much water do you get inside? Is it only when extended or all the time. get a few drops on in our lazaret but not that much to sink us.
I don’t really think it’s a matter of how much water. We get enough to take those davits out and have dealer to glass the holes. When they are extended there is a hole size of a dime allowing water to flow freely into the lazarets. And in the starboard lazaret water sits with nowhere to go against plywood of the bulkhead.
I’m not in the market for a brand new Jeanneau - although we have contemplated buying new and smaller rather than used and bigger - but stories like this make me question my loyalty to the Jeanneau brand.
Imagine how powerful it would be if Jeanneau fronted up here on this forum and helped answer technical questions including the tricky stuff. Imagine the extra goodwill it would create for Jeanneau owners and the extra halo effect on the brand if potential owners knew they could join the best production boat forum on the world to get a combination of Jeanneau tech support and owners experience?