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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Gary,

I'm assuming you have the typical Edson steering gear with an SS tubing "guard" in front of the wheel pedestal.
Can't you drill an exit hole in your wheel pedestal guard and fish the wire up through the tubing? That would seem better than disturbing the core in the cockpit sole.

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

No room inside the pedistal for the cable. There are three cables in there now, and access is not good. I'm not really worried about drilling a hole through the cockpit sole, and I know a great technique for sealing the hole, something I learned in the US Navy when I was a kid.

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No room inside the pedistal for the cable. There are three cables in there now, and access is not good. I'm not really worried about drilling a hole through the cockpit sole, and I know a great technique for sealing the hole, something I learned in the US Navy when I was a kid.

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One problem with running the NMEA 2K cable through the cockpit sole is the size of the connector requires a pretty big hole. There are field attachable ends, they require a bit of precision soldering - 4 wires plus the shield.
Mainesail has a nice tutorial on running the cable up the SS guard (not the pedestal), it does not require removing and reattaching the stock NMEA connectors
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One problem with running the NMEA 2K cable through the cockpit sole is the size of the connector requires a pretty big hole. There are field attachable ends, they require a bit of precision soldering - 4 wires plus the shield.
Mainesail has a nice tutorial on running the cable up the SS guard (not the pedestal), it does not require removing and reattaching the stock NMEA connectors
That's how I'd did all my connections through the tubes of the pedestal , however I ran out of room also like Gary has. so I bought a 1.5 ss tube cut it to the appropriate length, bought one of the pedestal holder tube feet , sealed it to the deck between the other two Pedestal guard feet, drilled the hole through the deck. Top of the tube has a rubber grommet so no sharp edge or water leaking in to it. This way the cable is neat and tidy. I eventually ran my ram mic through this too.


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It's very easy to do when you utilize the method I learned more than a half century ago. Using a hole saw, one with a pilot drill that same size as the wire, and the saw large enough to allow the connector to pass through the opening, you cut the hole. This leaves you with a plug with a hole in the center. Next, clamp the plug in a vise, then using a hacksaw with a fine blade, cut the plug in half. Now you can clamp the two halves of the plug around the wire and epoxy the plug back into the original opening. I also added some 5200 around the wire just to be on the safe side. In the Navy, we had to contend with steel, and used a rubber gasket to seal the wire hole. The plug was welded in place in the deck using a wire fed welder. Never had one leak yet.

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...Mainesail has a nice tutorial on running the cable up the SS guard (not the pedestal), it does not require removing and reattaching the stock NMEA connectors
Could you post a link please? I couldn't find it on either of his websites. It's relevant to me because I need to run a new RAM mic to my helm.

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Sad to see, Willy. I was hoping to see that boat sitting in a quiet cove surrounded by coconut palms and sugar white sand - NOT SNOW!

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Gary, I don't drink, but I know you always offer everyone those green coconut margaritas to everyone.

Just found something that I think would compliment your drinks.
A low-carb, coconut cheesecake.

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Chart Plotter Mount For Edson Pedestals Photo Gallery by Compass Marine How To at pbase.com

drilling the stainless tube is at the top of page two. I made a similar mount using the McMaster-Carr clamp collars. Mine is a box instead of a shelf, at the top the ram mic wire exits the tube inside the box and connects to the back of the socket. At the bottom the cable runs through the deck inside the tube.
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Like I said, I already have three wires in the SS tube - no room left for the NMEA 2000 cable and plug to pass through. I'll shoot some photos and post them of the job when I do the installation.

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Could you post a link please? I couldn't find it on either of his websites. It's relevant to me because I need to run a new RAM mic to my helm.
Unless you have some reason to run wiring from your VHF to the pedestal (maybe an AIS-capable VHF?) you might locate your RAM inside the cockpit coaming. The thumbnail below shows where I located mine. The microphone clip is mounted where my old wheel pilot control unit used to be. Below that is the RAM connector, to the left of the shore power connector. The other connector is a 12V connector for a sealed beam spotlight.

It was a lot easier running the wiring to this location than up the guard tubes, which have lots of wires already: low and high speed busses, AP wiring, etc.
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