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Angryeel posted 11-25-2001 06:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Angryeel   Send Email to Angryeel  
This is probably a realy stupid question, but, does everyone run their cables through the center tube in 17' hulls? If so, do you run all of them including the steering? Mine are all above decks as I did not like the idea of them sitting in water all the time. I mostly leave my boat in the water, so some water in the tube is unavoidable. When I set the boat up, I was also concerned about all the bends that would be in the steering cable if I ran it through the tunnel. The set up I have works out just fine for me, but I am curious how many people use the tunnel to run all the cables. It would be nice to have them out of the way. Thanks for any input.
Angryeel
scottfarm posted 11-25-2001 06:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for scottfarm  Send Email to scottfarm     
eel, that's why your so angry, having to look at those ugly cables getting in your way all the time. Put them back in the tunnel where they belong.
triblet posted 11-25-2001 09:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
If there weren't a good reason for the
tunnel, BW wouldn't have spent the money to
put it there.

Chuck

Einar posted 11-26-2001 01:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Einar  Send Email to Einar     
The steering cable and electrical lines on my 1983 17' Sport run down the starboard side. Been that way since new , no problems.
Alvin Einar
edfish posted 11-26-2001 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for edfish  Send Email to edfish     
Well, I have a little different idea. If you use your boat for fishing and it remains in the water most of the time I would not put the wires and cables in the tube. The reason being is that it is very hard to clean out the center tube of bait, blood, dropped fish hooks, etc. I believe that wire, no matter what brand, tends to leak voltage into the well making the boat "hot". This is not a problem for most fish, but, it is for Salmon. Also when pulling new wire or cable in the tube there is always the chance of scoring the other wires and causing problems down the line with corroded wires. When the wires are above the deck they are at least visible to show any damage. I own a 21' Outrage and I put the cables and wires under the rail. When I owned the 17' Whaler I used a piece of pvc pipe tied to the rail stantions to protect the wiring. The steering cable was tie wrapped under the pvc. When it was time to change anything it was very easy. If you don't have the boat in the water all the time then I would use the tube. It is just when the boat has a wet well that I would not run the wires in the well. I used to run the fuel line in the well with no problems but I would change the fuel lines every several years. Just my opinion. Hope it helps. -ED
Bigshot posted 11-26-2001 01:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Dinky wires I can see your points. Steering, throttle, and shift cables go in the tube. They are thick and if they do crack, they are shot anyway. The reason they crack is usually due to UV exposure. keeping them in the hole, keeps them out of the sun, etc. I run everything in my tube including a spare snake for additional stuff.
Angryeel posted 11-26-2001 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Angryeel  Send Email to Angryeel     
Thanks for the replies. They may go back in the tube at some point, but for now, they will stay on deck. I also have them in a pvc tube that I cut a slice in so I could get it around the cable bundle. It actualy is realy not in the way at all, but it does look pretty bad. My reasons for above decks were just about the same as Edfish, it is a fish boat, and therefore generaly pretty dirty between cleanings, which do not come as often as they should. Interesting point about the UV dterioration of the cables, I wonder which is worse, salt water and cold weather, sometimes freezing, or UV. I guess the pvc helps with the UV, but there is a fair amount of exposed cabling. I guess I will find out soon enough. Thanks again.
Angryeel
Mort posted 11-26-2001 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mort  Send Email to Mort     
I recently repowered my 17" Cohasset and when I took of the old 1987 Johnson I pulled everything out of the tube to inspect and replace. My boat is on a mooring in salt water all summer. Everything in the tube was in fine shape, even the smaller wires. I was pleased to see that. And so, everything went back in, new wires and steering cable, hopefully for another 14 years.

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