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Wire chase source?

I'm re-wiring my restoration-project Balboa 26 and in several places I need to run wires along bulkheads or on the curvilinear walls of the cabin shell. I'd like to hide them in (what on land is called) a chase - a rigid tube that can be fastened to a wall with adhesives or screws within which the wires can be run. However, the chases I can find are unable to handle the curving wall surface of a cabin. Any advice on sources? Thanks!
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Re: Wire chase source?

I'd suggest using PVC Duct instead. It has a removable lid to hide both the wires and the screws and is flexible enough to take a curve... it's easier to install the wiring in also.

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Re: Wire chase source?

You can use typical pvc pipe. If the size is too large to bend along the hull, just heat it a bit and bend to fit. I have done this often to install wiring. Chuck
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Re: Wire chase source?

Look on an online chandlery, like West Marine or Defender. McMaster Carr is also good for that kind of thing and many other.
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Re: Wire chase source?

For places with access I like the paduit wireway for neatness. http://www.grainger.com/product/PANDUIT-Wire-Duct-Cover-3EYE1?s_pp=false&picUrl=//static.grainger.com/rp/s/is/image/Grainger/3EXX1_AS01?$smthumb$
For runs behind under deck etc I use non metallic conduit from the electrical supply store. You can get flexible or rigid versions. Most boatbuilders just seem to use PVC pipe.
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