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joem posted 12-07-2001 11:00 PM ET (US)   Profile for joem   Send Email to joem  
The stern end of my tunnel has just broken up in my hand. I am now afraid that some part of the tunnel is rotten. Has anyone ever had a problem with their tunnel leaking if so is the only answer I have to block the tunnel with fiberglass or 5200 and if I do that how do I run my electrical do I put conduit on the floor and run the wire through it . I contacted Chuck Bennett and his response was plug either end of the tunnel. I really do need some help with this????


BurntWhaler posted 12-08-2001 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for BurntWhaler  Send Email to BurntWhaler     
You know Joe 5200 is grate but I don't think you should repair everything with it. Some things should be repaired permanently and it sounds like the tunnel is an important part of the boat!

I still don't know what tunnel is?

Is it part of the deck under the cc or is it on the hull?

joem posted 12-08-2001 01:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for joem  Send Email to joem     
The tunnel runs from the console to the bow of the boat by the bilge pump. I am afraid that since I have found some of the tunnel breaking apart in my hand that all of it my be damaged.
This is my solution why not place a 2.5 inch of PVC pipe the length of the tunnel secure it at both ends with fiberglass and resin based putty. There is my new tunnel for all the electronics steering and gas line what do you think.


BurntWhaler posted 12-09-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for BurntWhaler  Send Email to BurntWhaler     
If the layout is anything like mine it runs from the cc to the back, under the deck star board side along the side of the gas tank covered by the deck slab, which is a big piece of plywood covered with mating and fiberglass, if this is what it is? I think the PVC pipe thing is a good idea.
Steve Leone posted 12-10-2001 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
P.V.C. is a good idea if it is flexable enough to snake it in. Re-inforced plastic hose might be better if you need a bit of flex to install it. Like the kind you use for gold dredging or fish processing. Good luck, Steve out.

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