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AIRMAR P58 Connector
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posted 08-16-2014 11:34 AM ET (US)
I am installing an Airmar P58 Transducer. The [connector] which plugs into my Raymarine A67 is about 7/8-inch [in diameter]. Will I need to drill a hole that big in the console for the plug to fit through? I can't see how the ends of the transducer cable can come apart and then go back together easily. Am I missing something? There is nothing mentioned in the directions about the cable coming apart. Thanks, Don
posted 08-16-2014 12:12 PM ET (US)
Don--You are correct; cannot easily take apart the factory connection. You've got (maybe) two choices, either drill the hole or flush mount the instrument, if you've got room. Regards, from another Don
posted 08-16-2014 01:18 PM ET (US)
posted 08-17-2014 07:12 AM ET (US)
If it were a necessity to avoid making a hole in the dashboard that is large enough to accommodate the connector, you could, likely, cut the cable at some convenient point, pass just the cable through a smaller hole, and them reassemble the cable with a splice or a junction box. The problem with that approach is twofold:
--the cable is now captive in the dashboard; it cannot be removed without breaking apart the spliced cable again; and,
--the splice is a weak point in the signal chain of the system. It is better to leave the cable intact.
posted 08-17-2014 11:56 AM ET (US)
Virtually all the transducer connectors for today's electronics are large. Therefore I recommend you drill the hole as it will almost certainly be needed again.
There are waterproof, relatively attractive, devices to surround the cable where it passes through the console and then attach to the console. They are available from marine electronic sellers.
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