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paddyt111 posted 06-08-2008 11:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for paddyt111   Send Email to paddyt111  
When drilling hole in the console of your BW I am concerned about the size of the holes needed. I have a buddy that has rather large holes which he says are needed to accommodate the connectors on the wiring. Is there anyway around this?

I would mind seeing a photo of the drill holes you guys had to drill (tom Bluewaterpirate??).


davej14 posted 06-08-2008 02:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Unless you want to splice the cable (not recommended) you are going to have to drill a hole that will accommodate the largest connector. Usually the smaller connectors will fit through the same hole along with the cable of the largest one. Finish it off with a clamshell to hide the hole and it will look like a professional installation.
highanddry posted 06-08-2008 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Various hole saws and Unibits will cut clean holes. If using a standard bit back them up if possible.
mrw90 posted 06-08-2008 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for mrw90  Send Email to mrw90     
I had to create a 7/8" hole in my console for the Lowrance unit that I installed. A hole saw worked well.

This dimension my vary some depending upon manufacturer.

Ridge Runner posted 06-09-2008 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
Always try and use a hole saw. I start out by drilling in reverese, the teeth will make a nice clean cut into the gel coat without any splintering; then about 1/4 deep switch back to foward.
falcon posted 06-10-2008 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for falcon  Send Email to falcon     
Another good idea is to put masking tape over the installation area.this also protects the gelcoat from chipping and easily marked for your holes.You should also start the mounting holes with a smaller drill.On my humminbird unit I only drilled the cable hole to fit the largest connector and replaced the grommet supplied with a smaller one.
paddyt111 posted 06-10-2008 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for paddyt111  Send Email to paddyt111     
My guys just called and said he's completed the job. I'll take photos and post them Thanks Paddy

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