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Securing Wires

To install the windlass, I'm running 4ga wires from stem to stern. In may places, there are places to attach cable ties so the weight of the wires is well suspended. In several places, all there is are the bolts that attach the deck to the hull. I temporarily suspended the wires from these by wrapping a cable tie around the bolt and running another tie thru the first one, this second tie holding the wires. But I'm pretty certain that these will fall. Short of drilling thru the hull , what's the proper way to secure ties in areas like these? I can glue a small block of wood to the hull and screw a cable tie to that. They sell small brackets for ties that I see stuck around other parts of the boat, but they're always supporting small wires. They have to be better secured that just the double-sided tape they put on the back of those things to support this kind of weight. There are panels I've removed to get to these parts of the boat. I could screw a small block of wood to the liner to support a tie. What has worked for others?

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Perfect. Thanks! That's a variation of one of the options I was considering. I mentioned gluing a small block of wood to the hull and screw a cable tie to that. I was thinking of using fast curing epoxy (5 minutes). Their kit has you gluing what I referred to as wire tie brackets. Sounds good.
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Hey Joel,

You can use adhesive backed mounted bases like the ones at the following link. they have a screw hole drilled into them, but if you don't want to put a screw into your hull, I recommend using an epoxy similar to the one pictured above if you're going out into salt water.

www . buyheatshrink.com/cableties/specialty-cable-ties.htm#mountingbases
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glueing stuff

I installed a watermaker and needed a support beam on the hull. I cleaned the fiberglass on the hull with a good degreaser and then sanded lightly. I used exterior grade liquid nails,6 years later I wanted to remove the 2x4 that I had glued on and It would not break free. It started to fragment the fiberglass where it was glued down by pulling so hard on it. 15 years later it's still there with just liquid nails. If you want a strong bond to glue small blocks for wire ties this will work nicely and its cheap.
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