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Anchor Roller Install on 160 Dauntless
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posted 06-24-2006 03:13 PM ET (US)
I was thinking about installing an anchor roller on the bow of my 1999 160 Dauntless. In order to do this, I'm going to have to replace my existing single navigation light with 2 navigation lights each a few feet from the centerline of the bow. Does anyone know if this is a difficult modification? I'm concerned about how I'd get the wiring to the proper location without making a mess.
Thanks in advance,
posted 06-24-2006 10:41 PM ET (US)
Well, without wanting to be a pain or anything, I guess I have to ask... "why?" On a 16-foot boat, you really need a pretty modest anchor, which isn't very hard to lift. And since there's a handy anchor locker right there at the bow, the roller doesn't seem to be needed to store the anchor.
But all that aside, your question about the wiring is a good one. You might be able to drill holes for the new lights, then fish some wiring through the foam with a coat hanger or piano wire. Then again, you might not -- there's a 6x9 inch Whaleboard backing plate under the bow gunwale on the centerline, then a much larger piece to port all the way past the bow cleat. I can't see how you'd manage to pull wiring through that, and of course you can't even try until after you've whacked some holes in the deck.
The more I think about this, the more I think this option is factory-only, with the wiring put in place before the foam is injected.
posted 06-26-2006 11:56 AM ET (US)
My friend mounted a bow roller on his late 1990's Outrage 17, just off center, next to the light.
He drilled and tapped the fasteners into the Whaler board so that the roller could easily be removed. He simply put the bolts back in the holes to plug them when the roller was removed.
I have been chewing up the stock plastic rub rail on my boat, by pulling up the anchor. I have added 1 1/4" wide stainless wear strips on the rub rail for protection.
Moving the lights would not be my first choice due to the challenges of relocating the wire.
Good luck and please post a picture of your solution.
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