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 Post subject: transducer cable
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:02 pm 
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First, sorry if this topic has already been discussed. I have used the search facility and i do remember some discussion about routing the transducer cable for fish finder thru the hatch (not a good idea) so i have followed the instructions given to me with the Hobie Lowrence insatallation kit and drilled a 5/8" hole thru the deck...but i dont like the grommet setup. I understand there will be some leakage via the cabling thru the center eye of the grommet but am happy to put up with this if it means I can push the cables down into the hull when i am not using the FF. I dont want to plug the whole thing up with marine goop and have 6" of cable hanging out of the grommet whenever i sail without the FF. Slitting a grommet to insert the cables means it wont seat well.

friend of mine suggested buying a rubber bung like those used in test tubes or in a science lab the bung has a hole in the middle, just cut the bung top to bottom passing midway through the hole, place cabling between and glue together then ram the bung into hole. Mabye cut a groove around the bung half way up creating a sleeve that will 'lock' like the grommet into the hole.

I have already contacted Hobie Aus and no doubt they will come up with a solution, I dont think seeking a second opinion via the forum is going to upset anyone too much (its a very small issue)

So many of you are so good at creative solutions and I am sure you will have come up against this problem. How did you get round it?

Many Thanks

Philip


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:00 am 
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a test tube stopper will work just fine.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:31 am 
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:idea: ....and if you dont glue the two halves of the test tube stopper together and want to retract the transducer cable back into the hull you just unplug the stopper from the deck open the 2 halves and pull the cable thru so just the plug is exposed then plug the stopper back into the deck tight enough so the hole in the middle of it compresses round the cabling forming an almost watertight seal.....same thing in reverse if you want to extend the cable....hmmm, sounds good..now whats the Thai for rubber bungs...????? :? I had better get this right....


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:13 pm 
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Try a West Marine Cable Clam. Works for me.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/st ... lassNum=30

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:50 pm 
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Thank you Dan, never heard of a cable clam before...looking at your link seems like the perfect solution.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:51 pm 
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This works great:
http://www.kayakfishingstuff.com/store/merchant.mvc?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:53 pm 
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kayakingglenn wrote:


:?: WOT :?:
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:49 am 
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Glenn, thanks for the link I have trolled right thru it but I cant find a solitary cable clam anywhere, not to say there isnt one there, of course.

I am just about to embark on a 3 day camping/fishing trip to a place called Hat Bang Ben (H.Q. of NOWHERE!) the offshore island Ko Kangkao has a reputation for giant trevally, King mackerel (I've never caught any there!!!!) and Thai-Burmese trawler stand offs. Just loaded the yak and would you know it, I managed to land the rubber test tube bung with transducer plug right on top of the roof rack...isnt that just TYPICAL??

I will let you know if I catch anything other than dengue!!!


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 Post subject: I'm Jealous
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:59 pm 
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Wish I were there. Have a great trip! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:39 pm 
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kayakingglenn wrote:

What works great??????????????????
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 Post subject: Re: I'm Jealous
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:32 am 
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kayakingglenn wrote:
Wish I were there. Have a great trip! :)


Dont worry Glenn, you didnt miss anything....got to my island....

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd14 ... l/boat.jpg

went round my island all night.....

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd14 ... htfish.jpg

and all next morning.....

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd14 ... ing.jpg....

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd14 ... l/dawn.jpg

round and round this bloomin' island I did go.....

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd14 ... el/day.jpg

...until I gave up, retired to the beach and sulked in my tent under a withering noonday sun!!!!! Its always the same, I go to remote exotic locations and catch NOTHING, then I return here to over exploited, overfished Phuket and catch some monster at the wrong time of the day on the wrong tide.....in a place where there arent supposed to be any decent fish whatsoever!!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:15 am 
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Good story, Philip. It sounds like the story of my life when it comes to fishing. One thing is for sure, you won't catch any fish if your line is not in the water.

Better luck next time!

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