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Old 10-10-2008, 05:51 PM
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I was thinking on putting some 1/2 inch starboard inside the walls inside my console to be able to hold cables, bus bars, ground bars and electrical equipment without going thru the fiberglass and avoid to show annoying screw heads on the out side.

I was wondering if the guys at THT had any other different solution to this issue.

If you use the starboard... how do you secure the starboard to the fiberglass??? 5200??? screws???

Some parts in my console are 3/4 thick with wood in the core, but in some other parts is probably 1/8 only fiber...
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:06 PM
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don't bother withthe starboard - these hold for years....ancor zip tie bases

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...nts+-+Adhesive
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:37 PM
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1/2in is not thick enough. You need 3/4in. The stick on mount that Glen showed work well if the panel is smooth gelcoated, but I add a dab of 5min epoxy to them also. They tend to fall down without it after a while and will not stick well on rough fiberglass.

You will need to have 4 screws show on the outside with the starboard mounting. 5200 or epoxy will not hold it and for that reason I don't use Starboard.

I build 3/4in Plywood panels and epoxy/Cabisol glue them in.

Here is just on example. Note that the plywood has been cut at 45deg angles on all sides to give a cleaner look and so the lightweight glass [6oz] will conform that covers it.




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Hey Worthog5, man, i'd like to see a project build of what you've done with your wiring and fiberglass/gel coating work... Nice boat by the way! I see you posting on here alot... Do you have a projects thread or link? If not, it would be bad @$$ to see what you come up with!
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All my new wires were dressed to match the factory wiring.

Both ends of each wire are labeled. Each end states where the other end terminates.

The wire run is enclosed within split wire loom, w/ a wire tie at the end.

The harness is secured along the run using stainless steel cushion clamps, attached about every foot.

New and factory wiring are virtually indistinguishable from each other.
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wingless - 10/11/2008 6:12 AM

All my new wires were dressed to match the factory wiring. ............
Don't you just hate naked wires?

ENT non metalic conduit from the home center works well in boats for some installations. Here is a photo of my house battery bank wiring in my Glastron:

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Wart is correct use 3/4 " starboard. You may want to look under your console ... I know Whaler builds in 1 " Whalerboard mounting surfaces inside all their consoles. I have two mounting surfacesone 3' x 2.5 ' & the other 1.5' x 2'. You can see the surface in these pictures. This is my BEP 716/BlueSea Fuse Buss/Guest BAtteryinstall.





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Old 10-16-2008, 08:27 AM
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navyaircrew - 10/10/2008 10:42 PM

Hey Worthog5, man, i'd like to see a project build of what you've done with your wiring and fiberglass/gel coating work... Nice boat by the way! I see you posting on here alot... Do you have a projects thread or link? If not, it would be bad @$$ to see what you come up with!
Just a note in that pix above. The pix was taken before I installed the rubber protective caps on the POS connections on the batteries.

I've posted a lot of projects. Wiring is the fun part to me.

I can do 90% of it in my head. Then I make a drawing so that I get the exact terminals correct and make drawings like this for the boats I've worked on.

This is the one for the system above.





Here's a Hewes that I did. As you can see it was a total Cluster F#*@ before.

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It's 3/4 against that 1/2 THAT important???? I have some 1/2 remaining that I could use. But 3/4 I would have to buy and Stardboard is not exactly CHEAP....

Also I was thinking about the weight that 3/4 would add...

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I cut 1" round plugs in marine plywood with a hole cutter, dip them in gelcoat and epoxy them to thin fiberglass layups, after roughing up the glass with a rotory wire brush. If I needed to support something heavy, I might use a square chunk of ply, radius the top edges and lay some glass tape over it.
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warthog5 - 10/16/2008 10:27 AM Here's a Hewes that I did. As you can see it was a total Cluster F#*@ before.
Cluster F%$# is right.[img]../images/emoticons/surprise.gif[/img] Very nice work! [img]../images/emoticons/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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