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    Posted: 17 August 2021 at 04:51
Hi all, I know lots of you will have done this. I would like to run a small cable aft from the service battery compartment.

Which is the easiest way, without too much distrubtion?

Thanks in advance  
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We ran a cable for connecting a solar panel from the batteries outboard on the port side past fuse panel, into heads and then through to aft cabin (from where it's easy).  I don't remember it being too much bother and definitely didn't require any disruption.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote samuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 August 2021 at 18:57
When running wires I always run a double length draw cord first. Then I can pull the wire through having secured it to the centre of the cord. Then when i have finished I still have a drawcord in the system. It is surprising how useful & time saving it can be to have a drawcord already sitting there for future additional wires.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ian2019 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2021 at 03:47
Thanks for your replies and that you didnt have any distruption to the funiture or fittings. I also like the idea of a double draw cord for future use.   
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There is an empty conduit that comes out under the port berth.  From memory this runs to the shower seat where it is easy to go forward to the main electrical panels.
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I have now successfully run the cable aft and left a small cord in case I need this again. I also need to run one forward to the stdb side next to the echo sounder. (Iím fitting an ultrasonic anti fouling system) I thought this would be easy but I need to drill into the frames and also I discovered the flooring on the port side has a wooden piece underneath the flooring that the port panel and the central panels screws into and itís glued. So you can not take the port flooring in the main cabin up without cutting this piece of wood.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brownemi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2021 at 02:41
hi Ian could you share more on your ultrasonic AF kit installation please? I am also considering this for my 385, and would instal myself. Keen also on any thoughts of its success so far and how you maintain the power requirements if itís running on 12v? Thanks very much Michael 
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Hi Michael, First I would like to say I dont want this to become a debate on "do they work or not" feed as there are many many forums out there that debate on the know-how, knowledge and lack of experiencee of those that have not fitted a system. 

I fitted a Hullsonic system that uses 2 transmitters. Yes the cable runs were the biggest challenge. (Doing this as a one man job) I have one transmitter aft of the water heater in the aft port cabin, and one in the forward cabin ablout 50 cm from the speed log. I put the control box just next to my inverter above the service batteries. 
I used a stiff eletrical cable to feed a couple of pieces of small dia string aft and than left one in place for future use as suggested above 
The forward cable run required taking the flooring up in the forward cabin and the port side saloon. On the saloon flooring there is a small piece of wood supporting the adjacent panel which you have to cut through, and reconnect afterwards. I had also to drill a hole for the forward cable in the beam on the stdb side of the speed log, in othere cases I could use the exsisting cable feeds holes from when she was built.
For my HullSonic I fitted the base plates which the trasmitters screw onto. For this you have to ensure the hulll to base plate contact is really flat which took some time with a electric sander. (Would strongly advise having a vaccum cleaner switched on and a face mask).
The battery cable run was very straight forward.
In my case the base plates where set and after 24 hrs I could fit the transmiters and a further 24 hrs the system was activated. However I did leave mine for more than the recommended 24 hrs.
Its been on now for about 2 weeks. If you listen very carefully you can hear the "clicking" sound but you have to listen very hard. 
I run mine all the time but there is a "sleep" mode however I am connected to shore power. 
Hope this helps
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brownemi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2021 at 10:09
thanks Ian thatís a tremendous help.

Could I ask where did you mount the forward transducer and were both close to the centreline? It seems that with a sail drive itís decoupled from the hull, and may get no/little protection, hence some diving and scraping through the year. 

All the best. Cheers Michael 
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Hi
The forward transmiter is mounted in the forward cabin on the stbd side, stdb of the stringer beam. When looking at the flooring in the forward cabin there are two small access hatches one for the echosounder and another to stbd of that, my transducer is nicely placed under this second one. It was the place I found to be most flat in the area. 
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