I thought I'd bring this to the top and see if anyone has any new or better solutions. My problem is similar. I have three "holes" in my deck
at the base of the mast
, for all of the cables
that run up and down the mast
. One of them has a Blue Sea Systems "cable clam" Blue Sea Systems CableClam
. The other two have seals
that were obviously part of the original boat construction (Schoechl Yachts, Sunbeam 37). The problem is that there are multiple cables
running through these and I believe that the seals
are really only designed for one cable each.
This year was a very wet and rainy one in Puerto Rico
and I'm getting some leakage through these seals. I'd like to replace them with something that will allow more than one cable per deck seal and I'd really not
like to drill more holes. I hate drilling holes in the boat and if I have to put 5 or 6 seals in this area they will be very close to each other and very intrusive on the deck.
It's going to be a major job to replace these because I'll have to drop the headliner
and move cables in the cabin
. I will probably install plug
connectors just below the deck so future servicing will be much easier. So, any suggestions for plug
connectors would also be appreciated.
Defender lists a whole bunch of different "cable clams" Defender.com Search Results: cable clam
I'd prefer something that is UV resistant because the boat is in the tropics with very high sun exposure but I could replace them every few years, if that's the best answer.
Here are a few other threads that have addressed this issue:
Running electrical wires through the deck?
Sealing Cable Holes
Through Deck Waterproof Cable Fittings
And in this one some users recommend "coax seal".
sealing a wire hole in stainless tube arch and bow pulpit
Does anyone have any comments about using this in combination with a standard cable clam? I'm sure I'm not the only one with this particular problem but the wires go "up" so in rain or heavy spray the water
will just run down the wires and through the seal if it doesn't seal really well. This is different from some of my other cable feed throughs that are vertical.
Anyway, thanks for any comments or help on this.