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Old 28 April 2015, 10:19   #11
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What are you trying to put through?
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Old 28 April 2015, 11:00   #12
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What are you trying to put through?
That was a great question to address the prior 2 posts.

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Old 28 April 2015, 12:45   #13
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I feel your pain. I've recently had a mission trying to install the new transducer cable in my Ribeye. Ended up disconnecting the bilge pump wiring and attaching a line to it before pulling it through (praying it would stay connected) in order to give me a messenger through the conduit into the console. If it had parted I would have taken a feed for the pump from the nav light circuit!

Anyway, once the messenger line was installed it was relatively straightforward to get cables run through, although my conduit is similarly congested with cables and the 12 pin plug for the transducer is a fairly sizeable lump to get through.

Once I'd got it through however, I found a tad annoyed to find that it was 3' short so had to buy a 10' extension in order to reach the back of the plotter!
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Old 28 April 2015, 13:37   #14
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Always goes easier with lube.......

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Old 28 April 2015, 13:42   #15
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As an owner of a rib, I see I have every right to complain about the manufacturer of the rib... but given it's the 2nd make of the rib which I have owned I now come to this conclusion that our two most reputable rib builders are a bit short sighted... Ribcraft and Ribeye - owned both makes (Ribcraft 7.8, and Ribeye 750) and on both ribs I needed to pull cable from console to the A-Frame.

Both manufacturers have put something like a big pipe which runs underneath the deck and even Ribcraft has passed a rope to makes it easier to pull....BUT! The size of the pipe is so small, and the outboard cables are pretty thick which means with fuel pipes and the engine, steering, and shift cable there's simply no room for passing any new cable!

I am quite disappointed by this, as it goes to show the lack of vision or even flexibility when designing the rib, and the cheapest, and easiest option; for the builder and not the consumer, has been put in place...
I have to completly agree with you, having done lots of work on fitting new stuff and replacing an A Frame on my cobra it was a right pain in the backside sorting the cables out and pulling various through. I have two right hand parts in the pipes as they come up the back of the boat and up through the console.

If wanting to pull new stuff through then try a good deal of talcolm powder along the cable you want to pull through, that does help, but if you really have limited space due to pipe size you may have to pull all out and then clean, dose of tal and redo all.

Yes I wished manufacturers would put much bigger pipes in or simple a run along the deck that you could potentially uncover.

We need a calsberg rib.
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Old 28 April 2015, 13:45   #16
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Just thinking about my post perhaps we need a new sticky post entitled - Dear Rib Manufacturer these are these things that you should listen to from Rib users, good and bad points of rib design which might help some manufacturer create the ultimate rib.
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Old 28 April 2015, 13:59   #17
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I used those conduit rods, fibreglass (Screwfix sell them) quite thin & bendy which join up to whatever length you need & by taping the the cable to one end with a bit of fairy liquid & gentle pursasion the cables can be pulled through easily! Hope this may be of help to you?
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Old 28 April 2015, 14:08   #18
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Have refurbed a few over the years and this works as my trunking ,
Six inch both sides why builders do not use larger is beyond me,,, more modern stuff is better as less stuff to run but make it simples

May look Heath Robinson here. But all glassed up it works reall well
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Old 28 April 2015, 14:09   #19
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I found working from one particular end was easier than the other when replacing the steering on my Ribeye.

It seemed the duct had a tighter bend at the console end than the stern.

For me- working from the console end and pulling the cables through to the stern worked.

....and using a load of grease.

Two man job though and not easy.
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.....it was a right pain in the backside.....
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.......for tight spots like this KY jelly works well without any fear of damage .........TSM
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