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I am in the process of planning the location of new instruments on my PSC 31.
IMHO the wind depth and speed should be in a location where the entire crew can view the data. Having crewed on a few boats with bulkhead mounted displays I find that the data is more often covered by running rigging or a crew member. I have seen a few displays wiped out by a knee from an energenic crew member who braces himself against the bulkhead when trimming a line.
This is why I have decided that over the companionway is a good choice, problem is in routing the cables to the seahood. There is a wire chase above the hanging locker in the corner outside the head bulkhead. There does not seem to be enough room to drill over the top of the wire chase to drill into the headliner area.
Any ideas of how to route the cables over to the seahood area?
I am planning on fabing a teak housing that will mount over the seahood with a stainless steel tube wire chase comming from the both sides of the housing, making a right angle to the coachroof.
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Your plan sounds reasonable.. you may want to spend the money on having the SS chase bent rather than fabricated from elbows and straight bits of pipe. It will look better and ease the wire feeding chores.

I hear what you're saying about the bulkhead mounted instruments often being obstructed, but in our experience the companionway is another popular hangout, and anyone sitting/standing there will similarly block your view!

I'm waiting for the HUD option for my eyeglasses!

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You must sail a dry boat, my glasses seem to attract salt water. Anyone hanging around the companionway will be forced to walk the plank. Thanks for the suggestion of bending the pipe. My biggest problem is getting cables out of the bilge and across the headliner, I'm sure someone has tackled this situation before.
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On our last boat we had a similar situation vis a vis the wiring to the companion-way mounted instruments, and it had no headliner per se.

The wires were bundled and basically zap-strapped to the overhead, an eyesore that I always intended to address but never got around to it while we owned her.

My plan had been to rip some white PVC pipe in half on a table saw, clean it up and drill the edges to mount it around the wires as a half-round conduit. Another thought was to use the thinner walled plastic pipe like that supplied for those central vacuum cleaning setups. You could similarly cut the elbows if you needed to make some turns.. here's where the thinner walled product would result in a less bulky look.

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That's a tricky one.

I might bring the power and data cables up from the battery compartment, through the quarterberth overhead, then into the headliner just to port of the sliding hatch.

Would love to see photos of the finished product!!


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If the goal is crew visibility, why not mast mounted displays? This would also simplify wiring, IMO.

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If the goal is crew visibility, why not mast mounted displays? This would also simplify wiring, IMO.
NOLA,

You are thinking like a racer!!

I haven't seen any photos of Steve's boat, but we cruisers typically have dodgers that rarely if ever get folded down!

Also, our cruising crew are in the cockpit, not on the rail!


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Steve, are you in Scituate harbor?


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I must confess...I am a little puzzled by the need for crew visability on a cruising boat and all the attendant work required to get it.

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Once a racer, always a racer, even when cruising, Cam. We raced for years but no longer race our current boat. Yet it drives me nuts that my first mate can seemingly always park herself in my line of sight to our knotmeter regardless of where I happen to be steering from... If I can't know I'm getting everything I can out of the boat I get antsy.

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I'm seldom on the wheel as 90% of the time I'm on autopilot but I like to keep an eye on the instruments so I mounted mine on the coachroof with a Navpod. Works fine. Better than bulkhead mounted, better than pedestal mounted.

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