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  • pbfein
    Any thoughts on the best way to route a digital radar cable (with power conductors) from the lower mast exit point to the electrical panel area? The two main
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 4, 2013
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      Any thoughts on the best way to route a digital radar cable (with power conductors) from the lower mast exit point to the electrical panel area?

      The two main paths I can think of are: the long way up to upper port cabinets, down the port side, across the boat under the bridge deck and in the panel area.

      The short way would be from the port settee down under the floor to the starboard settee, up to the upper cabinet/shelf and down the starboard side right to the panel area.

      Any other ideas? The boat is already setup with a mast mount.

      Thanks,
      Peter
      S36 #99 Calypso
    • Jim Starkey
      Been there; done that. Piece of cake. Under the dinnette (plenty of room under the water tank). Then under the sink, through the conduit between the area
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 5, 2013
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        Been there; done that.  Piece of cake.

        Under the dinnette (plenty of room under the water tank).  Then under the sink, through the conduit between the area under the sink to the nav station that Sabre thoughtfully put in, then up behind the nav station draws.

        Incidentally, Garmin sells an RJ-45 bulkhead connector.  Install one in the side of the dinnette by the base of the mast.

        You will want to beg, borrow, or steal a cable tester (not much from Home Depot).  Not strictly required, particularly if you wire your RJ-45s correctly the first time.

        All in all, it's a hell of a lot easier than snaking a 3/4" 28 conductor 80s vintage Foruno cable.

        Incidentally,  unused space between the water tank selection valves and the port water tank is a superb location for a flux gate compass.

        Good luck.




        On Feb 4, 2013, at 11:47 PM, "pbfein" <pbfein@...> wrote:

         

        Any thoughts on the best way to route a digital radar cable (with power conductors) from the lower mast exit point to the electrical panel area?

        The two main paths I can think of are: the long way up to upper port cabinets, down the port side, across the boat under the bridge deck and in the panel area.

        The short way would be from the port settee down under the floor to the starboard settee, up to the upper cabinet/shelf and down the starboard side right to the panel area.

        Any other ideas? The boat is already setup with a mast mount.

        Thanks,
        Peter
        S36 #99 Calypso

      • Dave Evans
        I ran the same last spring on our 34-II. Not sure whether you have the same port/starboard layout. The cables for the Lowrance 3G were a cat 5
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 5, 2013
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          I ran the same last spring on our 34-II. Not sure whether you have the same port/starboard layout.

          The cables for the Lowrance 3G were a cat 5 underground-grade extension and a triplex power line.

          The route begins through the support for the double berth, along with the existing mast cables. Then into the space in front of the water tank, then behind the water tank to under the sink, then under the stove and out into the port cockpit locker along with the bilge hoses. Then up and back into the saloon where the signal cable terminates in the port wiring compartment and the power in the starboard one. Finally a jumper carries the signal cable's power to the power side where a terminal block makes the final connections to a triplex wire from the electrical panel.

          dge

          On 2/4/2013 11:47 PM, pbfein wrote:
           

          Any thoughts on the best way to route a digital radar cable (with power conductors) from the lower mast exit point to the electrical panel area?

          The two main paths I can think of are: the long way up to upper port cabinets, down the port side, across the boat under the bridge deck and in the panel area.

          The short way would be from the port settee down under the floor to the starboard settee, up to the upper cabinet/shelf and down the starboard side right to the panel area.

          Any other ideas? The boat is already setup with a mast mount.

          Thanks,
          Peter
          S36 #99 Calypso


        • Dave Lochner
          Wiring a male RJ-45 is easier said than done. If you need a connector at one end and bare wires at the other buy a long ethernet cable and cut one end off.
          Message 4 of 4 , Feb 5, 2013
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            Wiring a male RJ-45 is easier said than done. If you need a connector at one end and bare wires at the other buy a long ethernet cable and cut one end off. Amazon has a large selection inexpensive cables.

            Dave


            On Feb 5, 2013, at 7:44 AM, Jim Starkey wrote:

             

            Been there; done that.  Piece of cake.

            Under the dinnette (plenty of room under the water tank).  Then under the sink, through the conduit between the area under the sink to the nav station that Sabre thoughtfully put in, then up behind the nav station draws.

            Incidentally, Garmin sells an RJ-45 bulkhead connector.  Install one in the side of the dinnette by the base of the mast.

            You will want to beg, borrow, or steal a cable tester (not much from Home Depot).  Not strictly required, particularly if you wire your RJ-45s correctly the first time.

            All in all, it's a hell of a lot easier than snaking a 3/4" 28 conductor 80s vintage Foruno cable.

            Incidentally,  unused space between the water tank selection valves and the port water tank is a superb location for a flux gate compass.

            Good luck.




            On Feb 4, 2013, at 11:47 PM, "pbfein" <pbfein@...> wrote:

             

            Any thoughts on the best way to route a digital radar cable (with power conductors) from the lower mast exit point to the electrical panel area?

            The two main paths I can think of are: the long way up to upper port cabinets, down the port side, across the boat under the bridge deck and in the panel area.

            The short way would be from the port settee down under the floor to the starboard settee, up to the upper cabinet/shelf and down the starboard side right to the panel area.

            Any other ideas? The boat is already setup with a mast mount.

            Thanks,
            Peter
            S36 #99 Calypso



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