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Old 01-24-2007, 12:28 PM
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Do I drill a hole in the aluminum pipe to run wires from antennas and such to the console? What's the best way to do this? Once I get to the console, just bring the cable out? Seal the hole? Will any strength to the pipe be diminished or susceptible to corrosion? Right now kind of sloppy just wrapped around pipe
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Check to see if you already have pull throughs in your top. You would see a piece of string or wire that is coming out of the top, to which you can attach the wire you want to run and pull it back through. Make sure to attach another string before you do the pull, or you will lose your pull through and have to resnake it. On my boat, there were a few strings entering the electronics box, these were the pull throughs that let me get wires through the pipes and into the console. Look hard, more than likely they are there.

Funny story, my buddy who just bought his first boat, told me, there were all these loose strings hanging in the console and e-box, I had to pull them out!!
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melindasrevenge - 1/24/2007 12:39 PM


Funny story, my buddy who just bought his first boat, told me, there were all these loose strings hanging in the console and e-box, I had to pull them out!!
So........He'll need to "FISH" some wires for his "FISH" -Finder so he can mark "FISH" and try and catch "FISH".


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I just drilled right into the tubes and didn't seal mine. My boat is an 89 and has had holes in these tubes for 18 years with no aparent loss of integrity.
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greyg8r - 1/24/2007 4:20 PM

I just drilled right into the tubes and didn't seal mine. My boat is an 89 and has had holes in these tubes for 18 years with no aparent loss of integrity.
I wouldn't be as concerned about the loss of integrity as I would about the metal chafing the wire insulation. If one chooses to drill holes in metal (or wood or fiberglass for that matter) for wires or cables to pass through, it is very important to provide chafe protection for the wires. Usually this is accomplished with a rubber or plastic grommet. Don't neglect to do this.
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Thanks. What do you think, 1/2" hole for 2 antenna wires?
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NJFISH - 1/24/2007 7:25 PM

Thanks. What do you think, 1/2" hole for 2 antenna wires?
No larger than necessary. Check to make sure you can get the grommets first.

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