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crosley95 posted 11-23-2001 05:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for crosley95   Send Email to crosley95  
was down at the local whaler dealer the other day and noticed the harness used on a 13 foot sport. could this same harness be used in my 67 16ft. hull. obviously a different length. any idea who is the oem maker on the harness?
JBCornwell posted 11-23-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I don't think I know what you are talking about, Crosley. Do you mean a wiring harness, or something else?

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

jimh posted 11-23-2001 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
My guess is he's referring to the black nylon webbed tubing that is used to contain the various engine control cables that run from the helm station to the outboard.

It is nothing special. It is just the individual wires and cables fed through a piece of flexible black nylon webbed tubing. You can buy it from many sources via electronics suppliers. ALPHA WIRE makes on brand of it. It is rather expensive--a buck a foot or more for what seems like a tiny bit of nylon material. It comes in various diameters and grades of nylon, including flame-resistant material.

I use it quite often to tidy up runs of cables in offices where we have to retro-fit computer LAN cables. You run the CAT-3 phone cable, the CAT-5 LAN cables, a CATV coax, and maybe even a piece of SJO 120-VAC cable inside of this black nylon meshed tubing, and it does a good job of hiding all that mess in an office environment, especially with black carpeting.

crosley95 posted 11-24-2001 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
that's it jim. thanks. alpha wire. do you think it would be a good thing for the lines in the tunnel? on the 13 i saw it runs along the gunnel over to the control box.
Dick posted 11-24-2001 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
That mesh covering gives a nice finished look to an otherwise mess.

If you encase everything that runs through the tunnel you will not be able to replace, say a control cable, without pulling everything out. The best bet is to run the mesh just inside the tunnel and back to the engine.

Another option is split wire loom, it's easy to install, looks good and is much less expensive. Again from the engine to just inside the tunnel.

bigz posted 11-24-2001 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Crosley95 -- T-H Flex sleeve is what I think your Whaler dealer might be using ( product Jim mentions is similar). It is made with high temperature woven yarns (looks like the old Chinese finger trap) comes in 3/4",1-1/16"and 1-1/2" diameter each size expands up to about 4x its diameter. Of course if you get say 16' of a length and need to expand it to fit your wires and cables the length will be reduced in proportion --- in others words double the diameter and you loose half the length -- Tom
kingfish posted 11-24-2001 12:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Here's another one that I have used and have been happy with (don't laugh!) - For eight or ten bucks, if my memory serves, I have bought flexible plastic sump pump hose in something like 25' lengths (comes all coiled up and wrapped in a plastic bag); it also comes in 2 or 3 different diameters like 1 1/2", 2', etc. Available at your local True Value or other neighborhood hardware, or Lowes, etc. It is black and corrugated, and I take a razor knife and cut off a piece a few inches longer than I need (just in case I measure wrong) then carefully slit it the entire length - carefully - with the knife. Snap it around the cables, cut it to length, and wrap every 6" or 8" with black electrical tape, which disappears against the field of the black plastic. Inexpensive, available, and easy, and gives a very neat and tidy appearance.

kingfish

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