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Old 16 June 2008, 05:37   #1
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Show us your transom.

I have never been happy with the way the gear & throttle cables run on my boat. The used to do some fantasticly tight turns out of the deck and into the engine.
I want to improve things as part of the re-decking and I know that you lot can come up with a million and 1 ideas.

So, go on, show uz yer bum.
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Old 16 June 2008, 10:27   #2
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No pics to hand, so here's a description:

No underdeck trunking, so everything comes out the back corner of the console / jockey at floor level, starboard side. Steerig cable runs along the floor at around 30degrees to the fore/ aft line to the bottom of the frame brace, and curves up round the frame to the usual anchor on the engine bracket. Engine electrics (multicore & battery cables) are in a copex tiewrapped to the steering cable, as is (in separate copex) the fuel line from the front tank. Terminates in a short "loop" just before the engine clamp bracket to allow for the engine movements, Inline tank fuel connector just hangs.

A- frame cables (nav lights, antenna cables etc) in a separate copex running parallel to the engine one, but it continues along the floor under the toob & curves sharply up & inserts into the bottom of the frame tube to feed the cables into the bottom of the frame

Throttle / gear cables taped togehter to form a "loom" free form the rest of the looms and just sprawl themselves vaguely to starboard across the floor, loosely following the rest, but not able to be routed behind the frame and so they get in the way of everything if the engine is turned hard to port (stbd turn), otherwise they seem to lie out of harms way. Not ideal, but it seems to work.

If you want an illustration, let me know.
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Old 16 June 2008, 11:25   #3
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Thanks. Nice description.
What I should have said is, my old route was under floor from the console. The control cables emerged from the under floor space through a "top hat" and boot to the engine. This bit was 3 feet at most and involved 2 x 135 degree bends in an "S" shape.
What I am looking for is a neat way of getting the cables from under the floor to the engine without the double hairpin.
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Old 16 June 2008, 13:45   #4
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I'm shortly going to make a stainless plate which will screw to my deck a foot or 2 forward of the engine. On to the plate I'm going to weld a bit of tube at a 60 degree angle which my rigging hose will attach to. This should allow my cables to exit the deck pointing pretty much straight at the motor. I'll post pics when I'm done and you'll see what I mean!
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Old 16 June 2008, 14:04   #5
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I'm shortly going to make a stainless plate which will screw to my deck a foot or 2 forward of the engine. On to the plate I'm going to weld a bit of tube at a 60 degree angle which my rigging hose will attach to. This should allow my cables to exit the deck pointing pretty much straight at the motor. I'll post pics when I'm done and you'll see what I mean!
I did something very similar but made mine out of fibreglass. Blue Peter stylee with a round margerine tub lid and a bottle as a mould. Worked very well as it kept the water out of the hull whereas the rubber witches hats leak when it rains.
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Here you go Mark, hope this helps a bit.

The cable trunking goes down either side and though the bulkheads, comming though the deck in the corners of the console and into transom boxes either side of the transom. I haven't got a pic of the actual trunking, but was about 4" diameter.
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Here you go Mark, hope this helps a bit.

The cable trunking goes down either side and though the bulkheads, comming though the deck in the corners of the console and into transom boxes either side of the transom. I haven't got a pic of the actual trunking, but was about 4" diameter.
The trunking maybe medium duty water suction hose 3" id
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The trunking maybe medium duty water suction hose 3" id
Well not a bad guess as I was thinking O/D
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Old 16 June 2008, 15:40   #9
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All of my cables run under my deck and come out in the bilge buit and then into engine + A-frame

On the rescu boat, the fueltanks are kept under the console so those lines have to go astern too. Everything comes out on the rear starboard corner of the console and we had a but steel plate made up that everything runs under. The plate is made out of chequerplate and is in a sort of dog leg shape. It runs up the inside of the starboard toob and then cuts diagonally accross.

I will take some pics and post them up later in the week.
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Old 16 June 2008, 16:40   #10
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I have just finished mine off. Still to do last minute tidying but basically this is how it is set up.
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