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tightloops posted 04-10-2001 09:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for tightloops   Send Email to tightloops  
How is the cable tunnel put together and what can you do to maintain and clean it? Furthermore, how can you tell if there are any problem areas such as gouges and leaks on the inside. The ends which I can see look pretty grungy and I want to clean it out thouroughly. Is there a big pipe lining it? Thanks.--dan
Chesapeake posted 04-11-2001 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Tightloops: I am wondering if a few gallons of bilge cleaner sitting in the tunnel for a few hours would do the trick? I have not personally used the stuff, but people that use it annually report it works and is not bad on the glass. Anyone with experience to this end?


stagalv posted 04-11-2001 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
I am re-assembling my Montauk after a complete rebuild. Just last week I tied some rags into a wad and pulled it back and forth through the tunnel (kinda like cleaning a big shotgun barrel). I was amazed at the crap it pulled out.

I believe the bilge cleaner would certainly be good to get the gunk out. Try the rag trick after soaking it in soapy water first.

My battery cables from my engine to the console. I placed the two cables in a 1 1/2" clear flexible hose for protection. The end of the clear hose comes up into the console and the other end is near the drain plug. I placed a good amount of silicone on these ends to keep water out.

Soho posted 04-12-2001 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

I was wondering the same thing in terms of how is the tunnel constructed? I have a 67 Nauset and when I started poking around the tunnel the other day it looked like it was metal infact as I had seemed to have a bit of rust there ? I have some concerns that my tunnel has been compromised in terms of being waterproof. I have done the rag thing to clean it, but still not sure how to really check it. Any input on construction from some of those in the "know" would be appreciated.



( Thinking about it, I guess you could block off the lower end, pour a measured amount of water in the top end, leave it sit for awhile, unblock the lower end and see how much came out to determine if there was loss ! Science at its best....)

lhg posted 04-12-2001 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I always assumed the tunnel was done with aluminium pipe. See the hull drawings in the 16/17 Reference section.
compounder posted 04-12-2001 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for compounder  Send Email to compounder     
I'm all for clean & neat, but why in the world would you bother to try and clean the tunnel?

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