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Old 04-21-2008, 08:04 AM
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Default What type of water-proof gland for cables?

The marine electronics installer wants to put a basic stainless clam shell to route the vhf and gps cables thru the hardtop. I prefer the Blue Seas gland.
What are the negatives to the stainless clam shell?
He was pretty adament about placing these. says the plastic and rubber gets "crispy" over time from the sun. And he says the stainless "looks better".
I say the hell with what looks better, I just don't want it to leak.
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Default Re: What type of water-proof gland for cables?

You are both right, but you are the one with the money. I prefer watertight glands because they are also bug tight. A few boats ago I discovered a wasp nest inside an enclosure, when I saw wasps crawling into one of those pretty stainless clam shells. Call me an elitist, but I'm picky about my boat guests.
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Default Re: What type of water-proof gland for cables?

If you do use clam shells just make sure to fill the end up with silicone. Leak problem solved.
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Default Re: What type of water-proof gland for cables?

There is another reason to use the Blue Seas Cable Clam.

If the antenna needs to be changed. The connector does not need to be cut. This along with a Digital Antenna makes changing a broken antenna a very easy job.

I will only use the Blue Seas Cable clams. If I'm in a rework and it has the stainless clam shells on the boat I take them off and throw them away.

You will see 2 of them in this pix on my boat.


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