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Old 13 May 2010, 03:21   #1
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Standard Horizon CPF 300i

I`ve recently purchased the above unit and am now fitting it to my RIB. Partly the reason I bought this model is the internal GPS antenna(one less thing to worry about?)
I intend to mount it on top of the consul obviously, on its mounting bracket.
It occured to me that there are a number of "open" input sockets at the back(optional video input, external GPS input) which I will not be using. I`m a bit concerned as to whether I should create some sort of enclosure to protect it from the elements.
The manufacturers spec. states it is "splashproof"
If I box it in too much I will have to buy an external GPS antenna which I was hoping to avoid?
My experience of electronics and RIBS is somewhat limited, having plenty in hardboats with nice wheelhouses to keep dry in! I guess common sense will prevail.
I was considering putting the whole thing in a Tupperware box!
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Old 13 May 2010, 11:50   #2
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I've seen the Tupperware solution in use before. It's not pretty.

Personally, I'd find something similar to CaPlugs (the throw-away plastic cable end covers), and caulk them in place, or figure out some other method of keeping the unused connectors reasonably dry. I don't think the moisture there is anything to worry about; rather the little nooks and crannies in connectors love to collect salt water which forms salt crystals when it dries; that can cause problems as the crystals expand.

The rest of the unit should be OK in a wet environment, given SH's 3-year waterproof warranty...

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Old 14 May 2010, 07:43   #3
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Can you not put some vaseline or silcone grease in them til you get a more permanent solution?
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Old 14 May 2010, 08:27   #4
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Hi can you not buy some cap ends and heat shrink them to fit and as Chewy says put some scilicone over them to make sue. The other way is to buy some suitable plugs that fit for purpose but do not connect at least it will fill the holes properly as they will have the correct threads etc.
Best of luck hope it helps.

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Can you not put some vaseline or silcone grease in them til you get a more permanent solution?
Would stay away from vaseline, as it tends to degrade the rubber they use to make the seals.

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