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03-16-2010 11:51 AM
BrightEyes
The Conclusion????

downeast450,

So how did this work out for you? I wish i had found this thread about a week earlier. I have this same problem and its a mess. I started drilling thinking i could make the hole big enough but it still wont fit, i kept drilling a slightly larger hole thinking it would make it and once the hole was big enough it still wont slid down and in cuz the connection part hits the back of the inside of the steel tube. so now i have this huge hole and i still cant get the wireing in.

since then ive heard alot of ppl saying to just splice the wire but that is WAY over my abilities so im a loss right now.

let me know how it worked out for you.

thanks,
Bright Eyes
05-10-2009 12:27 PM
downeast450 Drill baby drill. I am going to see how strong this guard is with a 1/2" hole drilled through it. That will be two 1/2 " holes, one on each side. If it needs to be a little larger I can file a wide spot on one side of the hole to fit the largest plug. The clamp on pedestal mount should add strength since it will be clamped over the spots where the drilled hole is. It is a cast aluminum mount and is fairly robust. I will be routing the wires directly down through the guard tubing.

Thanks again,

Tundra Down
05-10-2009 11:02 AM
lancelot9898 One additional note about the way I ran the wires in my Edson guard. I didn't. The wires come up through the middle large post that the compass sits upon. The top of the structure had to be removed including the compass to access the wires and the pods are mounted on a horizonal structure port and starboard with the wires coming out under those structures to the pods. The edson catalog no longer shows this item since it was put on more than 20 years ago when the boat was new. There was also no drilling invloved. I did make an split "O ring" out of starboard to raise the height of the compass about a 1/2 inch which allowed the passing of the additional wires from the center post to the pods.
05-10-2009 07:51 AM
downeast450 Thanks again,

Since this is an older, straight, guard I think I am going to try to get away with drilling the necessary large holes and if it seems to have seriously weakened the guard I will replace it with a new guard that is curved away at the top and is a little taller. I will need to enlarge the holes in the cast aluminum clamp on pedestal table, too. That will be a hidden modification and won't weaken anything that is structurally important. I could cut too those holes from below turning them into slots and secure the wires in them with 5200.

I "mis spoke" in an earlier reply RE: the transducer I have installed. It is a shoot thru, not a thru hull model.

Tundra Down.
05-09-2009 01:34 PM
delan I have the same setup, edson binnacle with garmin 545s I ran all my transducers to an older unit at the charting table, then ran one cable to the unit at the helm, set it as a repeater. You get all the features, one data cable plus power cable. I ran one in each leg of the stainless binnacle angle guard, and out through the sole of each.
05-09-2009 11:32 AM
lancelot9898 A couple of years ago I installed a Furuno chartplotter/radar at the helm and had a problem of getting the external GPS attenna wire to the display unit. Furuno did not want me to splice the wire either, but upon talking to the engineering department I was told what they would suggest using if I really needed to splice. There's a special waterproof structure that all the tiny wires are contained within and instructions for making the splices along with the crimp connectors. It has worked fine and hopefully will continue (knock on wood).
05-09-2009 05:34 AM
downeast450 Thanks again,

I have to launch before I can get to the installs. I have installed the thru hull transducer but the rest must wait.

All of these suggestions will be a big help. The 545s looks like a nice package for our little boat sailing here in the Bay of Fundy and along the Maine Coast. I know my wife will appreciate the upgrade from lat / lon to a chart and so will I. The XM weather is nice and it will feed audio back into the stereo. Very nice and compact. AIS is our plan for avoiding ships when we venture into shipping lanes. We wll keep the old GPS as a backup and one of them will be connected to our VHF. I may leave the old set up alone there.

Tundra Down
05-09-2009 12:58 AM
chef2sail My wires ran down through the tube which was secured by feet with a thumbscrew into the cockpit floor. I drilled a hole through the cockpit floor through the middle of each of the feet, lead the cables through the holes into the engine room space, i reseated the pedestal gaurd, then epoxied the feet and guard back onto the cockpit floor and created a good seal..
05-09-2009 12:58 AM
arf145 I got my Airmar info by phone talking a couple of times to one very patient tech person. Not hard to get them by phone.
05-09-2009 12:57 AM
downeast450 Thanks for the replies and the suggestions. Very nice set up in the pictures. I am out of town right now but will probably opt to splice the wires. The Garmin mount has access holes at both guard locations so I can run two wires through each one. I want to route the remote mic too. I expect to add the AIS option for a cruise to Nova Scotia in the fall. That is a lot of wires.

It occurs to me that a piece of PVC pipe inside the pedestal guard that goes through the cockpit floor, is sealed in place, and is rises up inside the guard high enough to keep water in the cockpit from leaking through the hole drilled in the cockpit floor might be a necessary step. The wires from the guard would run down through the PVC pipe and through the cockpit floor. How did you seal that opening?

Tundra Down
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