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ewalsh posted 06-22-2002 08:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for ewalsh   Send Email to ewalsh  
Hi guys,

I am trying to install a new fish finder. I have the transducer installed on the transom, but I do not know how to run the transducer's cable up to the center console, through the under-floor conduit (where the steering and throttle controls are)

There is an existing fish finder cablr in the conduit, installed by the dealer (I think), I was going to tape that cable to the new fish finder cable, and simply pull the new wire through the center console access hole on the floor.... Unfortunately, the original cable is not budging in either direction (must be cable-tied under the floor, in the conduit...)

Is there a trick here? Any BTDT? Do I have to take the floor up (please no!)?

Thank you, Ed

JBCornwell posted 06-22-2002 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, EWalsh.

Been there on a few Montauks, as well as Outrages.

Your first plan is good. Try it again and work the harness/control/steering around a bit. They are probably pinning the old wire. That usually allows slow removal of the unwanted wire with the new one trailing behind.

Pull a light nylon line through with it for use in future additions or removals. Tie it off at each end.

Plan B is to use an electrician's metal fish tape. That is what it was invented for. This might also require some wiggling of the other stuff running through the tunnel.

Both plans may require some passionate oaths.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Such posted 06-23-2002 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Such  Send Email to Such     
I use a tape measure to pull wires in my montauk, the metal is firm but flexible enough to push through the channel.
triblet posted 06-23-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Variation on plan A: Get it wet in there.
Water makes a passable lube.

Plan B: Yep, electrician's fish.


Chuck

White Bear posted 06-24-2002 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for White Bear  Send Email to White Bear     
Try running the wire under the starboard gunwale along with the wire for the stern light - through the removable side and floor panels it's an easy transition from there to the console.
ewalsh posted 06-24-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     
Thanks guys,

I tried to work/lubricate the cable some more as kindly suggested. It won't budge.

I will try the the fishing route next.. Is the counduit a straight run from the CC to the stern?

Regards, Ed

ewalsh posted 06-24-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for ewalsh  Send Email to ewalsh     
Thanks guys,

I tried to work/lubricate the cable some more as kindly suggested. It won't budge.

I will try the the fishing route next.. Is the counduit a straight run from the CC to the stern?

Regards, Ed

where2 posted 06-24-2002 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Neatest gadget for my house in 2001 was the electrical fish tape with an LED light mounted on the end of it. Makes it visible in the wall, or cavity you're fishing the tape through. Man do I wish I'd thought of that! The light is not much bigger than a .22 cal shell attached to the end of the wire. Light removes, and a loop end attaches for pulling wires back through...
lhg posted 06-24-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think White Bear's solution is the best, and the way I do it. Electronics change so often, this is the easy way make these changes. It's also smart to keep the engine ignition wires away from the sonar wire anyway.

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