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GPS install report (and questions)
So, Sunday was GPS day.
am installing a 440s Garmin on a homemade navpod near compass. (Teak platform). Boat is Cat 30.
Problem #1: routing the transducer wires to pedestal from bow location.
Problem #2-24: See #1. The terminals for the thing are at least 5/8" thick, which required drilling holes in the base of the Edson pedestal, etc. What a pain.
Ended up drilling a hole about 1' below the compass, below the chain, to exit
the pedestal. Boy, I don't know how people install transmission and speed controls in the pedestal--there's simply no clearance.
Anyway: two results, neither ideal. With a 3/8" drill, I was unable to make
more than a 1/2" diameter hole.
QUESTION #1 My fitting (cable clamp / bushing) requires a 1" hole. Would a dremel bit work to enlarge the hole? any other suggestions?
The other issue has to do with the fact that we had to pull the excess wire (and connections) outside of the pedestal, out of fear of having the excess getting caught in the steering cables. (The power cord we could snug up, below, but the data cable is only 18" long, which would put the connector right in the way of the steering mechanism. thus, we had to move the connection point up, and out of the pedestal)
QUESTION #2 Net net, I have 4' of power and data cables that I need to do something with. (It's sticking out of the pedestal) This is for a
GPS that I will take on and off daily, by that way, not a chart plotter.
Thinking about a small bag or white box (which would keep the connector dry)
QUESTION #3: Also: anybody had any issue with the connector to the GPS? It's like a shore power connector....and I can't get the threaded ring to meet the threads, if that makes sense. I can push them together to the point where there is power, but not the point where I can connect the threaded ring.