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[Amel Yacht Owners] Bow light wiring gotcha


Mark Erdos
 

In the past I have use a metal paperclip attached to a small thread (like sewing cotton). I moved the paperclip along the internal route using a magnet on the outside. Once the cotton thread was through, I attached a heavier duty fish to it and pull this through. Then, used the fish to get the wire.

 

Hope this helps

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – St Lucia (the high crime island)

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 12:41 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow light wiring gotcha

 

 

When I bought my 54 in August, the bowlight was not working.  Anyway, Lopo were great and sent me a new light free of charge.  Today I have been attempting to connect the new light, which has ended in a little disaster!

 

It was quite a challenge to remove the old cable which runs inside the pulpit rail with a 90degree corner at the front another maybe 70 deg corner at the aft end of the rail before going into the cockpit locker.

 

Eventually I succeeded in pulling the old cable through with a 3mm mouse line attached, leaving the mouse line to pull the new cable through. All good so far!

 

I then tried to pull the new cable through and only succeeded in breaking the mouse line before getting the new cable past the first 90 deg corner.  😡  The break was at the foot of the rail, where there must be a sharp edge which cut through the mouse cord. Maybe I should have a used a wire mouse line!

 

So, where does this leave me ?  Is there any clever way to recover from this and get the new cable through the pulpit rail?  

 

Time to open that bottle of wine Wolfgang. At least it's warm in here now :-)

 

Cheers

Dean

SY Stella

Amel 54 #154

 


Dean Gillies
 

Mark, that's a really interesting solution. How does it handle 90 degree corners?
Cheers, Dean


James Studdart
 

Hi,
I solved this with a vacuum cleaner. To my surprise it worked first time. I used a thin piece of string that I balled and “fluffed” up at the end. The fluff is pulled through by the vacuum along with the rest. I taped the vacuum to the exit hole and also taped up any other holes so the air had only one route. The magnet is a great idea too.

Cheers,
James
SV SeaBean SM344
Papeete, Tahiti

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 07:15 trifin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:
 

Mark, that's a really interesting solution. How does it handle 90 degree corners?

Cheers, Dean


Mark Erdos
 

Dean,

 

Make the paperclip small enough to go around the corners by folding it over on itself a few times. It sometimes will take a few tries but most often this will work. In the past I have also used a small nut but I only have stainless steel nuts on the boat. Paperclips work just as well.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – St. Lucia, the crime island.

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:16 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow light wiring gotcha

 

 

Mark, that's a really interesting solution. How does it handle 90 degree corners?

Cheers, Dean

 


Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

very cunning

Danny

On 26 November 2017 at 05:53 "'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

 

In the past I have use a metal paperclip attached to a small thread (like sewing cotton). I moved the paperclip along the internal route using a magnet on the outside. Once the cotton thread was through, I attached a heavier duty fish to it and pull this through. Then, used the fish to get the wire.

 

Hope this helps

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – St Lucia (the high crime island)

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 12:41 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow light wiring gotcha

 

 

When I bought my 54 in August, the bowlight was not working.  Anyway, Lopo were great and sent me a new light free of charge.  Today I have been attempting to connect the new light, which has ended in a little disaster!

 

It was quite a challenge to remove the old cable which runs inside the pulpit rail with a 90degree corner at the front another maybe 70 deg corner at the aft end of the rail before going into the cockpit locker.

 

Eventually I succeeded in pulling the old cable through with a 3mm mouse line attached, leaving the mouse line to pull the new cable through. All good so far!

 

I then tried to pull the new cable through and only succeeded in breaking the mouse line before getting the new cable past the first 90 deg corner.    The break was at the foot of the rail, where there must be a sharp edge which cut through the mouse cord. Maybe I should have a used a wire mouse line!

 

So, where does this leave me ?  Is there any clever way to recover from this and get the new cable through the pulpit rail?  

 

Time to open that bottle of wine Wolfgang. At least it's warm in here now :-)

 

Cheers

Dean

SY Stella

Amel 54 #154

 

 

 


 


Mark Erdos
 

Very creative! Yet another use for the vacuum cleaner.

 

 

With best regards,

 

Mark

 

Skipper

Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising – St. Lucia, the crime island

www.creampuff.us

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:01 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow light wiring gotcha

 

 

Hi,
I solved this with a vacuum cleaner. To my surprise it worked first time. I used a thin piece of string that I balled and “fluffed” up at the end. The fluff is pulled through by the vacuum along with the rest. I taped the vacuum to the exit hole and also taped up any other holes so the air had only one route. The magnet is a great idea too.

Cheers,
James
SV SeaBean SM344
Papeete, Tahiti

On Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 07:15 trifin@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

 

Mark, that's a really interesting solution. How does it handle 90 degree corners?

Cheers, Dean