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Best connector/fitting to run speaker wire through deck?

Hi all,
I'm planning to install some box speakers on the stern rail or under the dodger on our Sabre 34. Not sure where yet, but I know I'll need some sort of connector or fitting to run the speaker wire through the deck. I've seen a few different fittings, but don't know what would be recommended as best practice. Some run the existing wire through some sort of compression fitting, others seem to be more of a plug type of thing. I'm open to suggestions.

I would like it to be a) waterproof (of course), b) least amount of "damage" to the deck. For what it's worth, I'd rather have two of these connectors/fittings on deck than two large holes for flush-mounted speakers.

Any recommendations for the fitting/connector?
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I have had good results with compression fittings but if they are going to be removed often for storage or security I would go with a simple two pronged waterpoof plug. Or wireless.
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I have drilled up through the flanges in the stern pulpit, then snaked the wire through the rail and out near the speakers. Lots of work, but elegant.
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I have drilled up through the flanges in the stern pulpit, then snaked the wire through the rail and out near the speakers. Lots of work, but elegant.
Did you remove the pulpit, or did you do all the snaking in place?
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Did everything in place, as I was able to drill up from under the deck, and the corner I had to navigate had a big radius. Have to say that I also gave up one time, as one of the rail welds had a bunch of slag inside which blocked my wire.
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those same corners/weld slag can chafe through your wire pretty easily too.

something to think about or try to mitigate

tom
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