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04-05-2007 10:20 PM
sailingdog I, personally, don't like running wiring in the bilge... It can cause some serious problems when you really don't want them.

For instance, if you've got a hole in the boat, and are on the rocks, and trying to use the windlass to pull the boat off the rocks... having the wiring running through the bilge might cause the windlass to cut out at the least opportune moment... but that's just me...

Paranoia is a good thing when the ocean is out to get you...
04-05-2007 09:50 PM
Freesail99 Thats the way I would most likely run the cables in the bilge. On my boat when I get near where my batterys are I have fiberglass braces that run port to starboard. they reinforce the bottom of the hull. I guess I would need to drill thur them.
04-05-2007 09:37 PM
PBzeer Free - my cables run through my bilge (just under the floorboards).
04-05-2007 09:02 PM
Freesail99 Sailingdog, Gui, thanks. I just received today a gallon of mas epoxy and the medium hardener.
04-05-2007 08:57 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by PBzeer
SD - Duh, me bad, meant 6 tons.

Free - I've got 30' of 1/4" Hi-test, spliced to 300' of 1/2" rode. Make sure you get the G4 Hi-test and not the new G7, it won't fit.
LOL... That's what I thought, or I was wondering what happened to your keel.... cause my boat is almost 4000 lbs... and I've got no keel on it... and your boat is a bit bigger than mine...
04-05-2007 08:56 PM
sailingdog Freesail- If you're using a metal backing plate, don't forget to round the corners of it with a fairly large radius, to prevent hard spots against the glass. Also, don't forget to fair in above the backing plate, with a high-density filler thickened epoxy, so that there is no gap between the plate and the underside of the deck. If you use an aluminum plate, don't forget to coat the bolts with lanocote or some other galvanic isolation compound and use a polyethylene washer under the stainless steel washer, to help reduce corrosion problems.

If you go with a wood backing board, use 1/2" marine plywood, and epoxy coat it after drilling all the holes to protect it from water intrusion and rot. Then use at least 1" diameter fender washers on the bolts that go through to the windlass.
04-05-2007 08:55 PM
PBzeer SD - Duh, me bad, meant 6 tons.

Free - I've got 30' of 1/4" Hi-test, spliced to 300' of 1/2" rode. Make sure you get the G4 Hi-test and not the new G7, it won't fit.
04-05-2007 08:51 PM
Giulietta Put a battery in front, I'm telling you...then run thiner cables only to charge the battery.

Then when using the winch just start the engine...
04-05-2007 08:46 PM
Freesail99 In my heart I knew I have to run the cables. It's just such a pain trying to hide them. I also will use a metal backing plate

PBzeer, what mixture of chain and/or rope do you use ?

Thanks for the answers guys......
04-05-2007 08:45 PM
sailingdog John-

I thought an Ontario 32 was a bit heavier than 4000 lbs... that sounds really really light to me...
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