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Boilerman posted 02-17-2002 09:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for Boilerman   Send Email to Boilerman  
Has anyone snaked port tunnel to console. I have tried just about everything, starboard to port, port to console, etc... When looking @ space between fuel tank & cockpit sole with mirror there appears to be a sleeve in cockpit sole under console that's preventing snake from going in. Thanks in advance.
lhg posted 02-18-2002 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I have an '86 18 Outrage, and there is no port tunnel, running to the stern of the boat. But you can thread wires, etc from the main tunnel opening under the console across the top of the gas tank over to the port side small cover where the fuel fill and vent are.
This is done by opening up some the deck plates in the area.
Boilerman posted 02-19-2002 06:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boilerman  Send Email to Boilerman     
Thanks lhg, Yesterday I removed cooler in front of console exposing inspection plate for fuel tank vent connection. For whatever reason I was able to snake from console to this plate, then snaked back behind console to guage area, & finally over to port side of boat. Previuosly I tried to snake from trough in sole where fuel fill & vent hose drop below deck back to console. On each attempt I would hit some type of brace, or I could not get snake to drop down into starboard side tunnel as this appears to be lower. Thanks!
Tom W Clark posted 02-19-2002 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Commodore emailed me with the same question last week. This is how I answered his questions regarding snaking wire from the port gunnel to the console:

I can't be completely sure I remember correctly but I believe you just keep going past the inspection plate to where to other wires are, like the nav light wires and radio antenna are and then rise up with all the other cables and wires.

I do remember that on my boat I mounted the LORAN antenna to port, opposite the VHF antenna. As I recall I drilled through the tank cover for this one coax cable. The point of penetration was directly below the port, stern inside corner of the console and from there straight up through a hole drilled in the hardboard bottom of the console in that corner and then up that inside corner and across behind the switch panels to my LORAN.

I'm not sure why I did this but I suspect it had something to do with it being the absolute cleanest, most direct route. At any rate, there is a way and one of the two above mentioned techniques should work for you. Let me know if you need any more clarification or additional information.

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