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Old 19 February 2014, 09:04   #1
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Cable tidying

My control cables are running across the deck from the console to the engine. The previous owner, who rigged it himself, cable tied them together but the ties move along the cable meaning that they are all splayed out now and therefore more difficult not to stand on.

I'd like something to keep them all bound up together and possibly afford them some protection, preferably without having to disconnect them all. I was thinking spiral wrap, perhaps the heavy duty kind used on plant equipment to protect hydraulic hoses but I've only been able to find it for sale online in 20m rolls.

Has anyone any experience doing something similar, or idea for solutions that might work. The cheaper the better; I seem to spend money faster in the off season that I do when I'm putting fuel in the thing!
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Old 19 February 2014, 09:56   #2
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You can get flexible conduit of various diameters that is split already, just slip over the wires/cables: Split Convoluted Sleeving - Electrical Equipment for Boat, MotorHome & Caravan Owners

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Old 19 February 2014, 11:18   #3
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At a proffesional fishery store (where they sell stuff for fish trawlers) I bought a "water hose" with a diameter of 2".
Cut it open in the length and put it around the cables. Works great...
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flexible hose from a garden centre / pond supplier, just split the hose to get it over, it will close up on itself soon enough n just put a cable tie on the ends to keep it neat

or if you really want cheap, get some strong whipping twine, tie it off on one end to bind everything together, then just go along the length of your cables etc doing a half hitch every 75mm or so, then tie it off at the other end, keep it tight n job done
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My control cables are running across the deck from the console to the engine. The previous owner, who rigged it himself, cable tied them together but the ties move along the cable meaning that they are all splayed out now and therefore more difficult not to stand on.

I'd like something to keep them all bound up together and possibly afford them some protection, preferably without having to disconnect them all. I was thinking spiral wrap, perhaps the heavy duty kind used on plant equipment to protect hydraulic hoses but I've only been able to find it for sale online in 20m rolls.

Has anyone any experience doing something similar, or idea for solutions that might work. The cheaper the better; I seem to spend money faster in the off season that I do when I'm putting fuel in the thing!
Spiral Cable Wrap, Loom & Cable Management, Cable Tidy | eBay I used this stuff on my last rib it take a bit of time putting around the cables but does a great job of holding them all together
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Spiral Cable Wrap, Loom & Cable Management, Cable Tidy | eBay I used this stuff on my last rib it take a bit of time putting around the cables but does a great job of holding them all together
Yea that's what Ribcraft use
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it's great stuff billy
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If not using spiral, careful with trimmed cable ties around split hoses on deck. May as well have razor blades lying around if people are barefoot in nice weather!!
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So: don't trim cable ties.....than they ar not sharp, because of the flexibility. Only disadvantage: doesn't look so nice, but nobody gets hurt.
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Think I'll get some of that spiral wrap. Thanks for the input guys.
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